Upcoming Events

IWC Scientific Committee Meeting

The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting is attended by up to 200 scientists and is held annually for a duration of two weeks.  

dates: 19 May - 3 June 2015   venue: Marriot Marquis   location: San Diego, CA, US  

AfDB Annual Meetings 2015

During its Annual Meetings 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and elect its next president. The meetings will be held under the theme 'Africa and the New Global Landscape'. The agenda includes, inter alia: the launches of the African Economic Outlook (AEO 2015) and the Africa Ecological Futures Report; discussions on youth leaders, gender equality, Ebola, agribusiness, Africa's Power Challenge, local currency bond markets, stock exchanges, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); high-level events on the anticipated global climate change agreement and financing Africa's development post-2015; and meetings of the Board of Governors.  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire  

IWRA XVth World Water Congress

The IWRA XVth World Water Congress will take place from 25-29 May 2015, in Scotland. The XVth World Water Congress will provide a platform for open discussions and debates among scientists, practitioners and policy makers from developed and developing countries and from different disciplines and sectors. In collaboration with Scotland ́s Water, the IWRA Congress will promote in-depth discussions on the complexity of water policies, management, development and governance practices at the local, national, regional and global levels in a rapidly changing world as the fast evolving global landscape is driving decisions in the sectors ́ policies, performance and prospects. Twitter: @WaterCongressXV .  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK  

United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015. The session will address UNEP's contributions to the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. It will also inform participants about the implementation of key decisions from the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), including resolutions regarding air quality, chemicals with a focus on lead in paint, and illegal trade in wildlife.  

date: 26 May 2015   venue: University of Ottawa   location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  

Second Blue Planet Symposium

This Symposium will aim to “bring ocean observations to users”. It will coordinate ocean-related tasks within the Group on Earth Observations (GEO); discuss implementation of ocean observation systems; and raise awareness of the societal benefits of ocean observations to the broader community, particularly donors and policymakers. The symposium will be organized according to the Blue Planet Components: Sustained Ocean Observations; Sustained Ecosystems and Food Security; Ocean Forecasting and Services; Services for the Coastal Zone; Ocean Climate and Carbon; and Developing Capacity and Social Awareness. It will include a particular focus on observations in the Asia-Pacific region, linking observations to societal benefits, such as for small island developing States (SIDS) and coastal environments and the blue economy. GEO coordinates Blue Planet's work and is composed of 90 member nations, the European Commission (EC) and over 70 participating organizations.  

dates: 27-29 May 2015   venue: Hilton Cairns Hotel, 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland   location: Cairns, Queensland, Australia  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.  

date: 1 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

WAVES 5th Annual Partnership Meeting

To be held at World Bank headquarters, the 5th annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors and civil society organizations supporting natural capital accounting. The meeting will showcase results from WAVES countries that have made progress in constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts and are using them to inform their policies.  

dates: 1-2 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

Ramsar COP 12

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in June 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The theme of the conference is 'Wetlands for our Future.'  

dates: 1-9 June 2015   venue: Conrad Resort and Casino   location: Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay  

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 42nd sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2015. The meeting will include the ninth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-9), which is scheduled to take place from 1-11 June 2015.  

dates: 1-11 June 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

Land Quality Conference 2015

This conference, organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015, aims to facilitate the exchange of information and views among scientists and stakeholders involved in land resources research, land management and land-use policy planning. It also aims to provide a platform to review progress in the development of land information, land registries, land-use planning and related services based on land quality at different levels, from farm to global. Events being organized during the conference include the 'Sino-EU Panel on Land and Soil' and the scientific meeting of the Danube Land and Soil Nexus of the European Union.  

dates: 2-4 June 2015   location: Keszthely, Zala, Hungary  

Central America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing the regional implementation plans. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

dates: 2-5 June 2015   location: Havana, Ciudad De La Habana, Cuba  

World Environment Day 2015

The 2015 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations will convene under the theme resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the context of the planet's regenerative capacity. The slogan, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” was chosen through voting on social media. Italy will serve as the host of WED 2015 and the global WED celebrations will be organized at the Milan Expo. Celebrations at the Milan Expo will complement the Expo's theme, ‘Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life,' which will showcase ideas, solutions and technology to help ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all while respecting the planet and its carrying capacity. The WED 2015 programme at the Milan Expo will also involve activities with partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Slow Food, WWF Italy and the Green Film Network. WED is celebrated annually on 5 June as a day for positive environmental action.  

date: 5 June 2015   location: worldwide  

39th Session of the FAO Conference

The 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. The latest edition of the World Soil Resources Report will be launched during the Conference.  

dates: 6-13 June 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

G7 Summit

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

dates: 7-8 June 2015   venue: Schloss Elmau   location: Germany   additional: Garmisch-Partenkirchen  

World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.  

date: 8 June 2015   location: worldwide  

High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life'

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water. Participants also will discuss: mainstreaming water and sanitation in national developments strategies; integrating water, climate change, energy and food; water scarcity; sustainable consumption and use of water resources; and water cooperation at international, regional, national and local levels to achieve water and sanitation goals. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional water issues, side events and field trips. Results of the conference are expected to be presented at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the conference with UN Water and other UN agencies.  

dates: 9-11 June 2015   venue: Dushanbe State Complex (Kohi Somon)   location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan  

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case

Targeting experts from the finance sector and corporate entities as well as senior government officials, the event will attempt to strengthen the links between available private sector funding and needs for financing the sustainable management of landscapes. Organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the Program on Forests (Profor) outcomes from discussions will include a roadmap for achieving at-scale financing for target landscapes.  

dates: 10-11 June 2015   venue: Royal Society, London   location: London, England, UK  

Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!'

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

dates: 10-13 June 2015   location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France  

Eurasian Regional Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015)

This is one of a series of Regional Soil Partnership Workshops being convened as part of activities to commemorate the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, under the auspices of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). One of the objectives of the workshops is to consolidate collaboration among Focal Points to the GSP. Activities during the workshops will include: establishing steering committees where these are not currently available; appointing chairs for working groups' pillars; and finalizing regional implementation plans.  

dates: 15-17 June 2015   location: Izmir, Turkey  

Third Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The third drafting session will take place on 15-19 June 2015.  

dates: 15-19 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Desertland II

Desertland, the Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation, will bring together academics, civil society, governments, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss challenges related to desertification and land degradation and develop appropriate solutions. The conference will consider management strategies for areas affected by drought and land degradation. Participants will focus on seven topics: land management and land degradation; water harvesting and water saving techniques in drylands; acidity and drought; soil hydrology; sediment transport and overland flow; GIS applications in wetlands and drylands; and soil and water management. Day one will address ‘Water Security: Responses to local, regional and global challenges.' The second day, which takes place on the World Day to Combat Desertification, will focus on the theme ‘Preventing and Combatting Land Degradation in Drylands'. The University of Ghent and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are organizing the conference.  

dates: 16-17 June 2015   venue: NH Hotel Gent Belfort, Hoogpoort 63. 9000 Ghent   location: Ghent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium  

2015 World Day to Combat Desertification

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the slogan for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils'. National and global observances will convene under the theme, 'attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems'. A global observance event will take place in Milan, Italy, during the UN Expo Milano 2015.  

date: 17 June 2015   location: worldwide  

15th Meeting of Partners (MoP) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP)

Convening under the theme, ‘Congo Basin Ecosystems: a source of natural capital, producer of economic value and driver of green growth for the well being of its people,' this meeting of partners will consider priority actions for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), develop roadmaps for implementation, and discuss partner engagement. Main issues for discussion will include: ecosystem services, wildlife and bushmeat, law enforcement and governance, REDD+, green growth, and sustainable financing.  

dates: 17-19 June 2015   location: Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon  

Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change

Held on the theme, ‘forest tenure, restoration, and green growth' the dialogue, hosted by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), will explore forest governance and tenure reform as an important element in forest landscape restoration. In particular, the dialogue will build a common understanding and identify key policy messages on the links between forest tenure, restoration and green growth. The Dialogue is also expected to identify policy opportunities and distill key messages to inform relevant policy discussions including the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in November-December 2015, the various REDD+ initiatives, as well as the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  

date: 18 June 2015   venue: Embassy of France   location: Washington D.C., US  

Towards a Sustainable and Legal Wildlife Trade Symposium

Organized by the International Trade Centre (a joint UN/World Trade Organization agency) and Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, this symposium aims to enhance understanding on how to support trade in wildlife that is sustainable, legal and consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Key objectives of the two-day symposium are to: foster dialogue between researchers, economists, policy makers, the private sector and other conservation-related disciplines; provide evidence-based options for improved conservation trade policy; and establish a research agenda for wildlife trade in the global economy.  

dates: 18-19 June 2015   venue: University of Kent   location: Canterbury, England, UK  

Third Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

The third Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 June 2015, in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.  

dates: 22-24 June 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Sixth Session

The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 22-25 June 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 22-25 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Forum will periodically bring together world specialists and leaders to promote more effective governance to respond to ecosystem threats. The first event is the High Level Consultations from 25-27 June 2015 in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China, followed by the Young Professionals' Academy on 27 October 2015 in Beijing, China. The Technical Roundtable Discussions will be held 28-30 October 2015 in Beijing, China and will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

dates: 25-27 June 2015   location: Guizhou {greater region}, China   additional: Guiyang City(multiple cities)  

Celebrating Soils

Organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, this conference aims to raise public awareness of the central importance of soils, both in the maintenance of healthy food production for future generations and as the world's largest carbon bank and a potential regulator of climate change. The conference is co-organized by a consortium of organizations, including the Save Our Soils Initiative, International Foundation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and WWF.  

date: 26 June 2015   venue: Peace Palace   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands  

CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 is expected to: identify a small set of measurable potential indicators to monitor global progress towards achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and prepare guidance on the different types of indicators and approaches used to monitor progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity at regional, national and sub-national levels.  

dates: 29 June - 2 July 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

ISMOM 2015

The 2015 edition of the International Symposium on Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms (ISMOM) will include more than 20 scientific sessions on topics such as organo-mineral interactions in soil, analytical and methodological advances in soil science, soil microbiology and agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. ISMOM 2015 is co-organized by: Commission 2.5 (soil chemical, physical and biological interfacial reactions) of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the Canadian Society of Soil Science; and Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol (AQSSS). Convened every four years by IUSS and its partners, ISMOM brings together diverse "soil communities" under the cross-cutting theme ‘Soil Interfaces for Sustainable Development'. The aim of the symposia is to create an informal forum for exchange and discussion among scientists from ‘all facets of soil science,' including chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, ecology and environmental science. Previous editions have convened in Canada, France, Italy, China and Chile.  

dates: 5-10 July 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

World Leaders' Conservation Forum 2015

The World Leaders' Conservation Forum (WLCF) will provide a platform for leaders from all sectors of society, including government, business, civil society and academia, to discuss and seek creative nature-based solutions to global environmental, economic, and social challenges. The main theme of this three-day event, organized by the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea, the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is 'Nature: a path to peace and coexistence'. On Day 1, expert meetings will be held on: reduction of threats to biodiversity; nature conservation for sustainable development; co-existence between humans and nature; and facilitating transboundary conservation and peace building. On Day 2, dialogues will take place on: transboundary conservation and peace building; harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife; and resilient ecosystems and sustainable development. On Day 3, participants will be invited to visit one World Heritage site, two Ramsar Sites as well as their adjacent local communities.  

dates: 7-9 July 2015   venue: International Convention Center Jeju, 2700 Jungmun-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, South Korea   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea  

Caux Dialogue on Land and Security

This conference is part of the annual programme of conferences convened by the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation since 1946, with a view to explore 'the vital link between personal change and global change'. Launched in 2013, in collaboration with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security aims to explore innovative approaches to complex land issues by focusing on solutions that exist "outside the normal focus of governments and development agencies". The conference brings together a range of stakeholders from grassroots activists, policy makers, business leaders, scientists and land restoration practitioners.  

dates: 10-14 July 2015   venue: Caux Conference Centre, Rue du Panorama 2 CH-1824 Caux   location: Caux, Vaud, Switzerland  

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will be held at the highest possible political level, including Heads of State or Government, relevant ministers – ministers for finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation – and other special representatives. The conference will result both in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome and in summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the Conference, to be included in the report of the Conference.  

dates: 13-16 July 2015   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia  

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat is convening the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop to support experts from national-level agencies of developing countries to contribute to enhanced implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets on marine and coastal areas. The workshop will focus on providing experts with the guidelines, information and tools to strengthen scientific and technical capacity on the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), the application of the ecosystem approach and area-based management tools, including marine spatial planning, and the application of environmental impact assessments. Following the training, experts are expected to develop and implement training programmes in their countries.  

dates: 13-17 July 2015   location: Yeosu, South Jeolla (Cholla-Namdo), Republic of Korea  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions

The seventh and eighth sessions of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place back-to-back from 20-31 July 2015. The sessions are both scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-31 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

70th Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference

Organized under the theme ‘Coming Home to Conservation: Putting Science into Practice,' the 70th edition of the Annual Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Conference will provide a forum to celebrate past conservation accomplishments as well as share and promote science-based knowledge on critical, current issues facing soil, water, and environmental sustainability. The conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. Incorporating the former National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) National Water Conference, the conference aims to increase collaborative opportunities for land-grant based scientists and educators engaged in water issues.  

dates: 26-29 July 2015   location: Greensboro, NC, US  

2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2)

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

dates: 30-31 July 2015   venue: UN Complex   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Africa Weeks for the Animals

The 6th Annual Africa Weeks for the Animals celebrates African animals by highlighting through various events wildlife, citizens, advocates, and organizations involved in the conservation and protection of African wildlife.  

dates: 1-16 August 2015   location: TBA   additional: Across Africa  

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The UN organizes International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples annually. The theme of the 2015 event is, 'Indigenous Peoples as Custodians of the Land and its Ecosystems'.  

date: 9 August 2015   location: US (worldwide)  

International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security

This conference will focus on five themes: soil information for supporting sustainable uses and management; integrated soil management and conservation for food security; role of soil ecology in relation to climate change and food security; innovative techniques and tools for soil resources inventories and appropriate management; and public participation, networking and policy implementation on land management. The conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 and the Thailand Land Development Department's ‘Volunteer Soil-Doctor Program' aims to provide a platform for diverse stakeholders, including soil scientists, field-based extension workers, decision makers and land users, to share knowledge on appropriate technologies and soil management practices to enhance food security and conservation of the natural resource base.  

dates: 17-20 August 2015   location: Phetchabun, Thailand  

Second Wageningen Soil Conference on Soil Science in a Changing World

This is the second edition of the annual Wageningen Soil Conferences, which aim to explore the role of soil science in combating and mitigating global challenges, including food security, water resources, climate change, land functions and biodiversity conservation. The Conferences takes a thematic, interdisciplinary approach that seeks to provide a platform for: sharing knowledge of soils 'across the world and across science'; engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions; and "thinking out of the box". The 2015 conference is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils. In addition to keynote presentations and interactive discussions, the conference will explore the core themes in workshops and master classes.  

dates: 23-27 August 2015   location: Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands  

Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo

The Asia Pacific Resilience Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) will feature: the seventh annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo; the Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Showcase; the Pacific Defense Energy Summit and Showcase; and the Islands Innovation Summit and Showcase. All the events will bring together stakeholders from the business, government and technology sectors to focus on resilience. Participants will explore solutions across the "global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security" for the vanguard communities in the onset of climate change. Energy topics will include everything from microgrids, storage, grid security and defense, to bioenergy, waste and water innovations, transportation, carbon utilization and renewables. In addition to covering related energy topics, the Agriculture Summit will consider, inter alia, precision agriculture, crop and yield innovations, and aquaculture innovations. On islands, the programme will include an examination of islands' resilience needs, including disaster and resource management.  

dates: 24-26 August 2015   venue: Hawai‘i Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Avenue 96815   location: Honolulu, HI, US  

CITES AC28

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

dates: 30 August - 3 September 2015   location: Tel Aviv, Israel  

ADP 3

As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 31 August - 4 September 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

The 2015 World Forestry Congress, the first to be held in Africa, will come together under the theme, ‘Forests and People – Investing in a sustainable future'. The Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the government of South Africa, will consider how forests can be mainstreamed into global discussions on sustainable development and will facilitate the development of partnerships to address global forestry issues.  

dates: 7-11 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  

International Forests and Water Dialogue

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  

Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance

The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, is mandated with improving coherence and coordination in the delivery of climate change financing, rationalizing the financial mechanism, mobilizing financial resources, and measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) of support provided to developing country parties. After establishing the SCF, the COP requested that it organize a forum for the communication and continued exchange of information among bodies and entities dealing with climate change finance, in order to promote linkages and coherence. The third SCF Forum will focus on issues related to finance for forests. The SCF has also been addressing coherence and coordination in forests-related financing during its regular Committee meetings.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: TBA  

Wildlife Forum

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

date: 9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  

70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)

The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 22 September 2015.  

dates: 15-28 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: 'Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?'. Titled SUSTAIN, the conference aims to increase understanding of how interactions among physical, chemical and biological soil processes under different land-use systems and climate conditions will alter soil properties. One of the goals of the conference is to define "the boundary conditions for reliable predictions in a changing environment," by exploring prediction model input parameters that can enable a reliable analysis of soil and environmental properties and functions. Specific topics to be covered include: soil structure and pore rigidity effects as prerequisites for quantification of physico-chemical processes; effects of pore rigidity and soil resilience on physical, chemical and biological soil properties and functions; feedback mechanisms between soil structure formation and plant growth, groundwater and atmosphere; and innovative modeling approaches to predict how climate change affects sinks and sources of atmospheric carbon.  

dates: 23-26 September 2015   location: Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany  

UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit from 9 am to 11 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis.  

dates: 25-27 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

42nd Session of the IPCC

The 42nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 42) is expected to convene in October 2015.  

dates: 5-8 October 2015   location: Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, Croatia  

CMS Raptors MoU MoS2

Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.  

dates: 5-8 October 2015   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway  

29th Session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: TBA  

ITPGR Governing Body 6

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.  

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

dates: 9-11 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru  

6th International Wildland Fire Conference

Hosted by the Korea Forest Service (KFS) and the Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea, the conference will consider ways to limit the damage to forests caused by wildfires including through exchanging knowledge and experiences and strengthening the Global Wild Land Fire Network. The conference will have a particular focus on the links between fires in forests and cultural heritage and practices.  

dates: 12-16 October 2015   venue: Alpensia Convention Center   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea  

UNCCD COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey. As the Convention's primary decision-making body, the COP will meet to discuss and make decisions regarding the Convention's implementation.  

dates: 12-23 October 2015   venue: Congresium Ankara - Ato International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Söğütözü Caddesi No:1/A, 06510 Çankaya   location: Ankara, Turkey  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 19 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

ADP 4

As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will hold its fourth session in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

CITES PC22

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia  

FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference and 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference

The Extraordinary Ministerial Conference and the 7th Ministerial Conference of FOREST EUROPE will be held back to back to consider the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe. Preparations for the meetings will include roundtables and expert meetings to identify priority topics for discussion.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Madrid, Spain  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

dates: 20-22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Conference will center on recent research and market developments in bioenergy, including: challenges across bioenergy value chains; and cross-cutting topics, such as environmental sustainability, socioeconomic issues and trade. The conference will include a special session dedicated to industrial developments and applications, which will feature presentations on German developments. In addition to presentations, the event will include opportunities for business-to-business meetings, a social programme, technical field trips, and a poster exhibition. The conference is supported by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  

dates: 26-29 October 2015   location: Berlin, Germany  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Young Professionals' Academy

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Young Professionals' Academy is the second event of the Forum. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The first World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

date: 27 October 2015   location: Beijing, China  

World Forum on Ecosystem Governance Technical Roundtable Discussions

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The third event is the Technical Roundtable Discussions, which will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

dates: 28-30 October 2015   location: Beijing, China  

CBD 19th Meeting of SBSTTA and 9th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention

The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19) and the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back.  

dates: 1-7 November 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

Joint Session of the 38th European Forestry Commission and 72nd UNECE Committee on Forest and Forest Industry

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 2-6 November 2015   location: Switzerland  

Silva2015 and Third European Forest Week

The 72nd joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission as well as the third European Forest Week (Silva2015) will discuss sustainable forest management (SFM) in Europe and the role of sustainable forest industries in the regional economy.  

dates: 2-6 November 2015   location: Switzerland   additional: Engelberg  

76th Session of UNECE CHLM

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will hold its 76th session to review its work and discuss issues involving housing, land management and urban development, including standards for energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, and implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the ECE Region for the Period 2014-2020.  

dates: 3-4 November 2015   venue: Palais des Nations [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland [tentative]  

Asian Irrigation Forum 2

This event, organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) 'Water For All' program, aims to improve the productivity and efficiency of irrigation and drainage services to farmers in Asia, following up on the first Asian Irrigation Forum held in 2012. The ADB's Water Financing Program has invested in several hundred irrigation projects in the region.  

dates: 16-20 November 2015   venue: Asian Development Bank, 6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines   location: Manila, Philippines  

UNFCCC COP 21

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

World Soil Day 2015

The 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 the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

date: 5 December 2015   location: worldwide  

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

dates: 5-6 December 2015   venue: Palais des Congrès   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

International Mountain Day

The Day is meant to provide opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands globally.  

date: 11 December 2015   location: worldwide  

Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference

The Ministerial Conference is the top-most decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.  

dates: 15-18 December 2015   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

CITES SC66

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 11-15 January 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

28th Session of the North American Forest Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the North American region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 11-16 January 2016   location: Campeche, Mexico  

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 1-6 February 2016   location: Tanzania  

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.  

dates: 14-17 March 2016   location: Lima, Peru  

IUFRO ALL Division Meeting – Division 7 Forest Health

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will be holding the first global meeting of its Division on Forest Health. The meeting will be convened under the theme, ‘Global Change and Forest Health' and will consider climate change, biological invasions, air pollution, forest pathology, forest entomology, and their interactions. Proposals on sessions will be accepted until 1 May 2015.  

dates: 25-29 April 2016   venue: Istanbul University, Kongre Merkezi   location: Istanbul, Turkey  

CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20) and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back, in Montreal, Canada.  

dates: 25 April - 7 May 2016   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together to discuss: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.  

dates: 9-20 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US  

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 42nd sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

dates: 16-26 May 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

XXVI International Primatological Society Congress

The International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress is held every two years and draws many of the leading figures in primate research, conservation and education.  

dates: 21-27 August 2016   location: Chicago, IL, US  

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

dates: 1-10 September 2016   venue: Hawaii Convention Center   location: Honolulu, HI, US  

71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71)

The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.  

dates: 13-26 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US  

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 7-18 November 2016. Morocco has offered to host this COP.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico  

CGRFA 16

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

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US  

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

25th IUFRO World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.  

date: 1 October 2019 [tentative]   location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil