Upcoming Events

Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands

This meeting will seek to create an action plan for the miombo woodlands for the next three years focused on: drivers of land-use change; restoration; adaptation to climate change; socio-ecological relationships; and forest governance. The miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa, covering 2.7 million square kilometers that span seven countries. They play a critical ecological, economic and social role, supporting, for example, the livelihoods of more than 65 million people in the region. The meeting is being convened by the Miombo Network, along with the Eduardo Mondlane University, the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Program on Forests (PROFOR), the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training, and the World Bank. The Miombo Network fosters collaborative efforts in land cover monitoring and management.  

dates: 27-29 July 2016   venue: Eduardo Mondlane University   location: Maputo, Mozambique  

Meeting of the CBD Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will convene a meeting of the Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA-IAC). The meeting will include a workshop, with the participation of additional external experts, to explore messaging approaches for specific target groups in the context of the different Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The outcomes of this workshop will be reported to the thirteenth meeting of Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the CBD.  

dates: 28-29 July 2016   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

Informal Group on Household Wastes

Decision BC-12/13 by the Basel Convention's Conference of Parties (COP) called for the Informal Group on Household Waste to develop a workplan on the environmentally sound management (ESM) of household waste with a focus on the needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Group is expected to draft a concept note, terms of reference and a 2018-2019 work programme for a new Basel Convention partnership on household wastes, for consideration by the 13th meeting of the COP in April 2017.  

dates: 2-4 August 2016   location: Montevideo, Uruguay  

Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment

The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process (Regular Process) for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (World Ocean Assessment), will convene from 3-9 August. The objective for the Regular Process is to improve understanding of the oceans and to develop a global mechanism for delivering science-based information to decision makers and the public. The Regular Process has met since 2011 and is responsible for the preparation of the World Ocean Assessment. A summary of the first Assessment was released in 2015.  

dates: 3-9 August 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Africa Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th 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), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

dates: 8-12 August 2016   location: TBA  

African Drought Conference

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  

dates: 15-19 August 2016   location: Windhoek, Namibia  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

The second meeting of the Preparatory Committee for an international legally binding instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) will address marine genetic resources, area-based management tools, environmental impact assessments, capacity building, transfer of marine technology and crosscutting issues.  

dates: 26 August - 9 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

World Water Week 2016

World Water Week 2016 will focus on 'Water for Sustainable Growth,' and will include over 140 events on subjects such as finance, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, integrity, gender issues, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management. Following on from the UN's theme of 'Water and Jobs' at World Water Day on 22 March 2016, Water Week considers this theme in the context of sustainable growth, in relation to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.” Water Week will also follow up on implementation of the water-related SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Online registrations are open till 27 August. World Water Week takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, every year, and is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). In 2015, over 3,000 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.  

dates: 28 August - 2 September 2016   venue: Stockholm City Conference Centre, Drottninggatan 71b or Barnhusgatan 12-14   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden  

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress will focus on the theme "Planet at the Crossroads". Among other objectives, the World Congress will launch the Hawai'i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The 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   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, on the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world,' as announced by President-elect Peter Thomson in July 2016.  

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

Twelfth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (POPRC). The CRC will consider draft decision guidance documents on carbofuran and carbosulfan, and review the notifications of final regulatory action for atrazine. It will also consider notifications found to meet Annex I criteria.  

dates: 14-16 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

UNGA High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, on 19 September 2016, immediately prior to the general debate of the 71st session. Per the UNGA resolution adopted on 22 December 2015 (A/70/L.34), the meeting will be convened within existing resources. The UNGA also requests the President to finalize organizational arrangrnents for the meeting, including on a possible outcome, "through open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States".  

date: 19 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention. The Committee will consider the draft risk profiles for dicofol and pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), further information related to Annex F for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), and the draft risk management evaluation for short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), among other topics.  

dates: 19-23 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Leaders' Summit on Refugees

US President Barack Obama will host this Leaders' Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis. The event will take place on the margins of UNGA 71 and will seek to galvanize significant new global commitments to: 1) increase funding to humanitarian appeals and international organizations, 2) admit more refugees through resettlement or other legal pathways, and 3) increase refugees' self-reliance and inclusion through opportunities for education and legal work. The summit was announced by Permanent Representative of the US Samantha Power during her presidency of the UN Security Council, in December 2015. The summit will be preceded by a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting on large movements of refugees and migrants, on 19 September 2016.  

date: 20 September 2016   location: New York City, US  

UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force

This special event will take place at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has asked world leaders to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity for other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016, and will help efforts to ensure early entry into force. The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55% of global GHG emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance.  

date: 21 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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  

Mayors' Summit

This event 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. While FAO offered to host the first gathering, beginning in 2017, Mayors' gatherings are expected to be hosted by signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact on a rotational basis.  

date: 26 September 2016 [tentative]   venue: FAO headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

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  

39th Session of the ICAO Assembly

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly establishes ICAO's policy for the upcoming triennium, and reviews ICAO's work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields. The Assembly is expected to establish an Executive Committee, as well as Technical, Economic and Legal Commissions. The Executive Committee will address, inter alia: technical assistance; aviation security; implementation support and development; facilitation and the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme; environmental protection; ICAO civil aviation training policy and capacity building in aviation; increasing ICAO efficiency and effectiveness; and ICAO's work programmes and activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Technical Commission is expected to address, inter alia, aviation safety and air navigation monitoring and analysis, standardization and implementation support. The Economic Commission will discuss, among other things, economic regulation of international air transport, aviation data, economics of airports and air navigation services, and economic development of air transport. The Economic Commission will discuss a consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies in the legal field. The Assembly meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO's governing body, the Council. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other ICAO bodies and to its Member.  

dates: 27 September - 7 October 2016   venue: ICAO headquarters   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

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: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea  

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: 3-5 October 2016 [tentative]   location: TBA  

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  

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

dates: 10-14 October 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda  

International Dialogue on Migration 2016: Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs (II)

This workshop will take place in October 2016, in Geneva, to review the results of initiatives on monitoring the migration-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target. Sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), this second workshop will be followed by a one day Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) meeting. The results of International Dialogue on Migration 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication, and will constitute an input to the December 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Dhaka.  

dates: 11-12 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

ECRI-Basil Fuliehan Institute of Finance Conference on Post-2015 Challenges and Opportunities

The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a human rights body of the Council of Europe, and the Basil Fuleihan Institute of Finance, a civil service learning center specializing in public financial management and customs, are jointly organizing this conference. It will convene under the theme, 'Post-2015 challenges and opportunities for a transformational role of governance, particularly in conflict affected countries.' The Basil Fuleihan Institute hosts the regional training center of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the secretariat of the GIFT-MENA Network, the Governance Institutes Forum for Training in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an independent organization established by the Governments of France and Lebanon, and has previously been supported by the Governments of Canada, the Netherlands, the European Union (EU) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.  

dates: 12-14 October 2016   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will convene under the theme ‘Local Voices for a Better World'. The Summit will bring together over 3000 stakeholders to: promote the recommendations, practices and experiences of local and regional authorities; help ensure they are realized; and create a space for meeting and exchange among local and regional elected officials, as well as communities. UCLG will also present new formats exploring the structural changes required to face existing challenges and approach development from a different perspective, including integrating the UCLG family into one "Network Hub" where ideas can be shared and exchanged. The Summit will also aim to advance recommendations on the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and feed into the UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held the 17 to 20 October 2016, in Quito, Ecuador and its expected outcome, the New Urban Agenda.  

dates: 12-15 October 2016   location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia  

Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) Meeting (Invitation Only)

Immediately after the conclusion of the second workshop of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2016, which is addressing the theme, ‘Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs, ‘ the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold a one-day meeting of the Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP). The GRCP will bring together representatives of States and international organizations for an informal, non-binding dialogue on ways to enhance inter-regional cooperation, showcasing best practices towards achieving migration-related targets at the regional level. The results of IDM 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication, constituting an input to the December 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Dhaka. This is a private, invitation-only meeting.  

date: 13 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

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  

IWC66

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold its 66th biennial meeting in Portotoz, Slovenia. The Commission meets on a biennial basis to ensure implementation of its decisions and workplans on the conservation and management of whale species.  

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

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  

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.  

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

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  

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  

COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

dates: 14-16 November 2016   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  

ESCWA Conference on Competitive Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges for Arab States in the Next Decade

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organizes this sustainable development conference annually in cooperation with the Arab Regional Administrative Development Organization (ARADO). This will be the 16th such conference. In 2015, the annual conference took place on the theme of 'Post-2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States', and in 2014, the theme was 'Cooperation in Establishing Resilience Toward Global Risks to the Arab Region.' Many international agencies support the conference, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.  

dates: 27-29 November 2016   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt  

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  

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  

9th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit

The 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Global Forum on Migration and Development is an initiative of United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.  

dates: 10-12 December 2016   location: Dhaka, Bangladesh  

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  

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 Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum)

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 World Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum) 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. Wasmália Bivar, Chair of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), announced during a presentation addressed to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on 1 June 2016 that the Forum will take place in Capetown, South Africa, in January 2017, as decided by the HLG at its latest meeting. The HLG was created following UNSC's 46th session to establish a global partnership for sustainable development data. Organization of the Forum was one of the main recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.  

date: 20 January 2017 [tentative]   location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa  

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  

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: 23 April - 4 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

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  

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UNFCCC will convene during the first sessional period of 2017.  

dates: 8-18 May 2017   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The Global Platform is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

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 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  

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 48th sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in April-May 2018.  

dates: 30 April - 10 May 2018   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

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  

UNFCCC COP 24

The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 5-16 November 2018, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 5-16 November 2018   location: TBA  

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 49th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies will meet from 17-27 June 2019.  

dates: 17-27 June 2019   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

UNFCCC COP 25

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 11-22 November 2019, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 11-22 November 2019   location: TBA