Upcoming Events

CITES CoP17

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

dates: 24 September - 5 October 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa  

Global Dialogue on Accelerating Progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) is hosting a ‘Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies on Accelerating Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets'. The dialogue will bring together regional bodies to share lessons learned on regional-scale cooperation and scientific mechanisms to implement and make progress towards achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in marine and coastal areas. Participants will also discuss implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and opportunities for global processes and initiatives to better support regional-level collaboration and implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Secretariat of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission, Secretariat of the Nairobi Convention, IUCN-CEM-Fisheries Expert Group, and Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative are organizing the dialogue.  

dates: 26-29 September 2016   venue: Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel, 160 Sapyeong-daero, Seocho-gu Seoul   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea  

Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights

Suggested by the sixth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights will be hosted by Indonesia and co-sponsored by Norway. The meeting will be informed by a series of pre-consultations held back to back with other ITPGR meetings, and an electronic survey.  

dates: 27-30 September 2016   location: Indonesia  

Seed Africa Symposium 2016

The SEED Africa Symposium is an annual international forum for sharing experience and knowledge, developing solutions to stimulate social and eco-entrepreneurship across Africa, and establishing partnerships. The Seed Africa Symposium 2016 will focus on, ‘From Innovation to Imitation: Replicating Successful Business Models for Green Growth and Sustainable Development'. Participants will discuss how to collaboratively utilize and replicate business models to contribute to green growth and sustainable development in Africa. The Forum is expected to bring together over 500 representatives of civil society, the private sector, academia and others in panels, interactive sessions and investor dialogues.  

dates: 28-29 September 2016   venue: Safari Park Hotel, Thika Road   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans

The 18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs) will convene in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, in advance of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) on accelerating progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The Regional Seas Programme aims to address ocean and coastal area degradation through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment by encouraging countries who share a common body of water to participate in actions to protect their shared marine environment. There are 13 Regional Seas programmes established under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

dates: 30 September - 1 October 2016   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea  

International Workshop on Meteorology, Sand and Dust Storms: Combating Desertification and Erosion

This workshop is organized under the auspices of the Ankara Initiative, which aims to contribute towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by sharing Turkey's experience and approaches to land management and combating desertification and land degradation with other affected countries. The workshop targets decision makers, meteorologists and non-governmental organizations from the West Asia and the North Africa region involved in the management of environmental problems related to afforestation, dust and sand storms, erosion control, desertification and forestry. It will also provide an opportunity for key players from the region to collectively review and provide input to a draft policy on sand and dust storms that is currently under development. The workshop is co-organized by Turkey's Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the General Directorate of Combating Desertification and Erosion (ÇEM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with the Turkish State Meteorological Service (TSMS), the General Directorate of Forestry, and the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).  

dates: 4-7 October 2016   location: Istanbul, Turkey  

2016 Arctic Circle Assembly

The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly and deliver a keynote speech.  

dates: 7-9 October 2016   location: Reykjavik, Iceland  

Second International Legume Society Conference

Organized under the auspices of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the Second International Legume Society Conference aims to encourage connections throughout the food chain with a view to enhancing the utilization of pulse-based proteins, increasing the global production of pulses, improving crop rotations; and addressing trade challenges in the pulses sector. The conference will address the following themes: legume quality and nutrition; farming systems/agronomy; abiotic and biotic stress responses and breeding; legume genetic resources; and new “Omics” resources for legumes. Cross-cutting themes will include health and environment benefits and legumes markets. As the final meeting of the EU-FP7 ABSTRESS project, the conference will also share results and conclusions from this, and related European research programmes.  

dates: 11-14 October 2016   venue: Tróia Resort   location: Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal  

Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are hosting an International Dialogue on the Global Commons, taking place in Washington DC, US, from 12-13 October 2016. This invitation-only event, preceded by a “Science Day” on October 11, is supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Resilience Centre, World Resources Institute and the World Economic Forum. It will gather leaders, experts and innovative thinkers to review new scientific assessments and discuss transformative solutions to rethink the global commons and the risks and opportunities they represent to a prosperous, but crowded, planet.  

dates: 12-13 October 2016   venue: National Academy of Sciences   location: Washington D.C., US  

2016 Mayors' Summit on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

The second Mayors Summit of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) will bring together mayors from around the world to promote more environmentally-sound and fair food systems in urban areas. This gathering of mayors will include mayors of cities that are signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, which aims to achieve healthy food for all, promote sustainability in the food system, educate the public about healthy eating and reduce waste. As of November 2015, 116 cities have signed the pact. The event will take place after the World Food Day ceremony.  

dates: 13-14 October 2016   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Nutrition

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition will address challenges and opportunities resulting from rapid urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, food systems and rural spaces. Building on the outcomes of reports of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), it will discuss areas for policy consideration, including: inclusive growth; poverty eradication; economic, environmental and social sustainability; support of local food systems and economies; and food security and nutrition. The aim of the Forum is to develop a better understanding of issues at stake and identify areas of intervention and potential roles for the CFS.  

date: 14 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union of Maritime Security and Development in Africa will take place in 2016 in Lomé, Togo. At the Lomé Conference, Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet with experts and leaders from the business world in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa, including an African strategy for protecting its oceans and seas that provides peace, security and stability. Delegates will discuss maritime strategy within the context of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIMS Strategy), including an implementation plan and roadmap for promoting a secure and sustainable blue economy. Participants will also address: maritime insecurity marked by acts of assault and piracy; illicit trafficking at sea; regional and international cooperation to safeguard marine safety; illegal fishing; and preservation of marine life. The Summit will build on the results of summits in 2013 and 2015, and aims to make maritime space the key driver of Africa's sustainable economic and social development.  

date: 15 October 2016   location: Lome, Togo  

Habitat III

The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

World Mountain Forum 2016

The 2016 World Mountain Forum (WMF) will convene under the theme, 'Mountains for our Future,' and will explore opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the recently adopted Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will focus on four sub-themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The meeting is jointly organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda, with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as diverse partners from around the world involved in the SDC-funded Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme. The previous WMF took place in Cusco, Peru, in 2014.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Mbale, Eastern, Uganda  

43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security

The 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is expected to address a series of items arising from its Multi-year Programme of Work, including: nutrition; engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); connecting smallholder farmers to markets; urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition; and monitoring. A thematic event is expected to share experiences and take stock of the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee

The 35th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee will convene concurrently with the 35th Meeting of the CCAMLR Commission to discuss the conservation of Antarctic marine life. The Scientific Committee will convene from 17-21 October. The Commission meeting will take place from 17-28 October. The Scientific Committee and its subsidiary groups are the main avenue for scientific advice in CCAMLR, with the Convention requiring the Commission to take full account of the Scientific Committee's recommendations and advice. The Commission serves as CCAMLR's main decision-making body. Mark Belcher, United Kingdom, will serve as the Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting and Dmitry Gonchar, the Russian Federation, will chair the Commission Meeting.  

dates: 17-28 October 2016   location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia  

UNCCD CRIC 15

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) decided to convene a special session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC15) to discuss methodological questions relating to reporting. This special session of the CRIC will address enhancing synergies in national reporting requirements under the UNCCD, and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target. CRIC 15 will take place from 18-20 October 2016, and will be preceded by meetings of the regional implementation annexes from 16-17 October 2016.  

dates: 18-20 October 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

UNECE COFFI 74

The 74th session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI 74) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will review and guide activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication, and will focus on the commercial aspects of forest-based industries. It will also contribute to the Strategic review of the Integrated Programme of Work 2014-2017 and provide recommendations for the future programme. It will be followed by a workshop, on 'Measuring the value of forests in a green economy,' on 21 October 2016.  

dates: 18-20 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

IWC66

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will gather Commissioners from 20-28 October 2016, in Portotoz, Slovenia. The 66th biennial IWC meeting will take place from 24-28 October. The Commission meets on a biennial basis to ensure implementation of its decisions and workplans on the conservation and management of whale species. Commission members will also participate in meetings of the Sub-committee on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Working Group Whale Killing Methods and Welfare Issues on 20 October, Infractions Sub-committee and Conservation Committee on 21 October, and Finance and Administration Committee and Bureau meetings on 22 October. On 23 October, the Private Commissioners' Meeting will take place.  

dates: 20-28 October 2016   location: Slovenia   additional: Portoroz  

UNECE/FAO Workshop on Measuring the Value of Forests in a Green Economy

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, this one-day expert workshop is linked to the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. Participants will analyze the consistency of the present forest sector valuation systems with approaches developed by other sectors in the context of green economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of the workshop is to identify synergies and differences between the work in green economy evaluation processes and the forest sector work in that area.  

date: 21 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

International Snow Leopard Day

Events across the world are being organized to celebrate International Snow Leopard Day. The Day commemorates the adoption by all snow leopard range countries of the 'Bishkek Declaration,' as well as the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), on 23 October 2013, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the celebrations, on Friday, 21 October, there will be a High-level panel event held at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This event, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), GSLEP Secretariat and Kyrgyzstan, will: commemorate the Day; re-enforce GSLEP collaboration and synergies; highlight innovative programming, partnerships and progress on the ground; and strengthen political support and commitment for ongoing and new GSLEP initiatives, including the Global Presidential Summit in Bishkek planned for the summer of 2017.  

dates: 21-23 October 2016   location: worldwide  

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

dates: 24-27 October 2016   location: Washington D.C., US  

IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016

Held under the theme 'Forests for Sustainable Development: The Role of Research,' this regional congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will aim to reach a common understanding of the status and trends of forests and the consequent research needs towards sustainable forestry development under such changes. It will also seek to generate research synergies in support of well-informed policy and decision making to meet the forest governance and management demands in such a transition period.  

dates: 24-27 October 2016   location: Beijing, China  

70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Annual Meeting 2016

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is a unique global venue for sustained discussions on practical issues related to the sustainable management and development of the mining sector. It serves as a forum for dialogue between member- country governments, mining companies and industry associations and represents a growing network of leaders seeking to enhance the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. IGF annual sessions and regional meetings convene high-level representatives from developing-country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, fostering coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector. The 2016 IGF Annual General Meeting will focus on the theme, "The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Mining".  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

UNFF AHEG2

The second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to develop proposals on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) Strategic Plan for 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

dates: 25-27 October 2016   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly

This meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will address the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, including discussion of the status of coral reefs; the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; coral bleaching; and initiatives in the Indian Ocean region. The event marks the first meeting since France and Madagascar replaced Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the ICRI Secretariat, on 1 June 2016. The event is expected to bring together governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and civil society.  

dates: 2-4 November 2016   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

dates: 6-9 November 2016   venue: Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre, Vigyan Bhavan Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110001   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India  

Second World Irrigation Forum

The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) is organized under the theme, 'Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production'. The meeting will discuss: how actors are balancing the demands of maintaining water supply, producing food, generating energy and protecting ecology; managing climatic extremes, especially floods and droughts; and "smart actions" for alleviating hunger and poverty through irrigation and drainage. WIF is a multi-stakeholder forum focusing on water management in agriculture that takes place every three years. WIF2 is organized by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and hosted by the Thai National of ICID (THAICID). Abstracts of proposed papers may be submitted by 28 February 2016.  

dates: 6-12 November 2016   venue: Chiangmai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chang Phuak subdistrict, Mueang district, Chiangmai   location: Chiang Mai, Thailand  

52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees

The 52nd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will be held in November 2016 to address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.  

dates: 7-12 November 2016   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan  

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  

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

CMS StC45

The 45th meeting of the Standing Committee (StC45) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place from 9-10 November 2016.  

dates: 9-10 November 2016   venue: UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Pulses for Nutritional Security and Agricultural Sustainability

Organized as one of 10 ‘Signature Events' of the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016), the "PulsCon2016" international conference will provide a forum for researchers, policy makers, extension workers, traders and entrepreneurs to discuss various strategies for nutritional security and environmental sustainability through pulse crops, and to draft a road map for increasing the productivity and profitability of pulses. The themes to be addressed include: global trade, marketing and policy issues in pulses production and consumption; genetic enhancement; production and biotic stress management; secondary agriculture initiatives, including nutrition and health, biofortification, and processing and value addition; and participatory technology development and adoption. The conference is co-convened by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and its national research partners, in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) of the CGIAR Consortium, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).  

dates: 12-14 November 2016   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India  

Global Landscapes Forum 2016

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

date: 16 November 2016   venue: Kenzi Club Agdal Medina   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

Ecosystem Services Partnership Africa Conference

The first Conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the theme, 'Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa'. Discussions will focus on Africa's contribution towards evidence on best practices for the management and restoration of ecosystem services for decision making, particularly towards the realization of sustainable development goals.  

dates: 21-25 November 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

16th Meeting of Congo Basin Forest Partnership

The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) coordinates efforts to sustain forest resources, enhance natural resource management and improve the standard of living in the Congo Basin. Partnership members convene biannually to coordinate priority activities, propose action on emerging issues and share information with others that are active in the Congo Basin. The CBFP, which brings together 70 partners, including African countries, donor agencies, governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, scientific institutions and the private sector, was launched at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It works closely with the Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC).  

dates: 21-26 November 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda  

1st International River Summit 2016

This conference, organized by the River Water User Association (India), will convene under the theme, 'Global Threat to Water Security and Biodiversity'. The conference will address: strategies and solutions for water management and conservation, drought and flood mitigation, crop production in a changing climate, and improvement of urban and rural water quality and river flows. The conference will focus on five sub-themes: water demand and storage potential in river basins; climate change impacts on hydrology, water resources and agriculture; threats to world's rivers, lakes, wetlands and freshwater systems; sustainable watershed planning for regeneration of river flows; and river biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability and restoration. Scientists, researchers, government officials, businesses, NGOs and students from a variety of relevant fields will participate in the conference. Abstracts may be submitted to the scientific committee until 1 September 2016.  

dates: 24-26 November 2016   location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India  

Budapest Water Summit 2016

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will build on the results of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Summit will seek to ensure that efforts addressing water issues are the source of cooperation, peace and development in all countries that have a stake in sustainable development, rather than being the cause of global risks and further conflicts in the 21st century. The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will address issues related to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). In addition, stakeholder meetings will convene on the following themes: Science-Technology Forum; Youth Forum; Civil Society Forum; and Women's Forum. Participants are expected to adopt the “Budapest Statement 2016” at the conclusion of the Summit.  

dates: 28-30 November 2016   location: Budapest, Hungary  

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 concurrently.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

World Soil Day 2016

World Soil Day has been commemorated annually since 2013, following the adoption of a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Council resolution calling on the wider UN System to recognize 5 December as World Soil Day and to institutionalize its observance. The resolution was subsequently adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly. World Soil Day 2016 will feature celebrations at global, regional and national levels under the theme of ‘Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life'.  

date: 5 December 2016   location: worldwide  

African Economic Conference 2016

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth'. Participants will consider the latest empirical evidence on Africa's agricultural transformation and discuss how to leverage agro-industrialization for food security and inclusive growth in Africa. The conference aims to provide a platform for critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.  

dates: 5-7 December 2016   location: Abuja, Nigeria  

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible for supervising the IMO's work. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Council also: coordinates the activities of the IMO's organs; considers the draft work programme and budget estimates of the IMO and submits them to the Assembly; receives reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submits, with comments and recommendations; appoints the IMO Secretary-General, subject to the Assembly's approval; and enters into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the IMO with other organizations.  

dates: 5-9 December 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK  

International Mountain Day 2016

International Mountain Day 2016 will focus on the theme ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will lead global observance events that aim to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments. In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day to foster understanding and respect for the traditional knowledge and techniques of mountain communities that are key to managing and enhancing fragile mountain ecosystems. Events in 2016 will also highlight ways to boost livelihoods in mountain areas through a focus on high value sustainable products and tourism. #WeLoveMountains  

date: 11 December 2016   location: worldwide  

UN World Data Forum

The first UN World Data Forum (WDF) will be hosted by Statistics South Africa. It is expected to bring together public and private measurements experts, statistical producers, information system specialists, and users, as well as all other key stakeholders to discuss data for sustainable development. Organized by the UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG), the UN WDF is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil society. Organization of a World Forum on Sustainable Development Data was one of the main recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. Twitter: @UNDataForum  

dates: 16-18 January 2017   location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa  

UNFF Working Group and Special Session

The back-to-back meetings of the United Nations Forum on Forests' (UNFF) Working Group and Special Session are due to negotiate and endorse the UNFF Strategic Plan for 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for 2017-2020, based on recommendations submitted by the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) on the International Arrangement on Forests Strategic Plan.  

dates: 16-20 January 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters gathers the world's top leaders at the beginning of each year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional and industry agendas.  

dates: 17-20 January 2017   location: Switzerland   additional: Davos-Klosters  

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  

World Ocean Summit 2017

This Economist event will be the fourth World Ocean Summit, and will discuss how to finance a sustainable ocean economy, including consideration of the types of investment frameworks and capital necessary to bring the blue economy to scale. The event will convene over 360 global leaders from government, industry, multilateral organizations, the scientific community, and civil society to address the risks and opportunities involved in pursuing a blue economy approach and showcase examples of businesses, governments, scientists and others who have successfully aligned economic activity with sustainable management of the oceans. Additional discussion topics include: the global demand for seafood over time; the economic case for addressing marine pollution; and areas for new investments in the ocean economy.  

dates: 22-24 February 2017   venue: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort   location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia  

Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week

The Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week is dedicated to forests and landscape restoration in the Mediterranean basin. It aims to strengthen exchanges and synergies between global stakeholders in the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on Land) and other globally agreed targets related to forest restoration, and facilitate the adaptation of Mediterranean forest landscapes to climate change. It is hosted by Morocco and co-organized by the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners.  

dates: 20-24 March 2017   location: Agadir, Laayoune, Morocco  

16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 2000. It has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights, and focuses on specific themes when it convenes for ten days every year. The 16th session will follow up on the recommendations of previous PFII sessions with regard to indigenous youth, and the empowerment of indigenous women, and will discuss measures taken to implement UNDRIP. PFII 15, in 2016, focused on the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution'.  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017   location: New York City, US  

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Basel Convention, the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Rotterdam Convention and the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back to discuss issues for each Convention, and joint issues shared among the Conventions. For more information on each Convention: http://www.basel.int , http://www.pic.int , http://www.pops.int  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14

The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."  

dates: 17-18 May 2017   location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

The Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources of the University of the UN (UNU-FLORES), Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will host the second biennial Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) on a Nexus Approach to managing environmental resources for sustainable development. DNC2017 will focus on the theme, 'SDGs and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation'. International researchers, practitioners and politicians will debate the sustainable use of environmental resources under conditions of planetary limits and growing demand. Conference stakeholders include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-Habitat, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), multiple UNU Institutes, and international and research institutions such as the Global Water Partnership, the International Hydropower Association, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, The International Water Management Institute, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Center for Environmental Systems Research, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Sachsen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. A Call for Proposals will be released in early spring of 2016.  

dates: 17-19 May 2017   venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1   location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany  

IWRA XVI World Water Congress

The International Water Resources Association (IWRA) organizes a World Water Congress every three years. The Congress provides a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and present new knowledge, research and developments in the field of water sciences around the world, bringing together a large cross-section of stakeholders. The sixteenth Congress (XVI) will take place on the theme, 'Bridging Science and Policy.' Specific sub-themes to be addressed at the Congress include: water, sanitation and health; water quality, wastewater and reuse; water security in a changing world; water policy and governance; water ecosystems and physical regimes; and water and sustainable growth. The crosscutting issues of bridging science and policy, building capacity, and stakeholder participation will also be addressed. A call for papers is open from 16 March to 1 September 2016, and abstracts of less than 500 words may be submitted through the Congress website. An international scientific committee will review submissions. Full papers will be due on 1 January 2017, and proposals for side events should be submitted by 1 November 2016. The previous Congress took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.  

dates: 29 May - 2 June 2017   venue: Cancun International Convention Centre, Punta Cancún   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14

This high-level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seeks to to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US [tentative]  

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

dates: 10-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US  

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 City, US  

CMS COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

dates: 22-28 October 2017   location: Manila, Philippines  

UNFCCC COP 23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will will meet in Asia at a location to be determined.  

dates: 6-17 November 2017   location: TBA  

Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement

The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda, leading to the postponement of the Grasp Council meeting as well as the GA MOP3 from 21-24 November 2016 to 2017.  

dates: 21-24 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]  

Third Meeting of the GRASP Council

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council, which is to be held in parallel to the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was postponed from 21-24 November 2016 to 2017. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda. The GRASP Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

dates: 21-24 November 2017 [tentative]   location: Jakarta, Indonesia [tentative]  

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

dates: 4-6 December 2017   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

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