The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting is attended by up to 200 scientists and is held annually for a duration of two weeks.
dates: 19 May - 3 June 2015 venue: Marriot Marquis location: San Diego, CA, US
The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting is attended by up to 200 scientists and is held annually for a duration of two weeks.
dates: 19 May - 3 June 2015 venue: Marriot Marquis location: San Diego, CA, US
During its Annual Meetings 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and elect its next president. The meetings will be held under the theme 'Africa and the New Global Landscape'. The agenda includes, inter alia: the launches of the African Economic Outlook (AEO 2015) and the Africa Ecological Futures Report; discussions on youth leaders, gender equality, Ebola, agribusiness, Africa's Power Challenge, local currency bond markets, stock exchanges, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); high-level events on the anticipated global climate change agreement and financing Africa's development post-2015; and meetings of the Board of Governors.
dates: 25-29 May 2015 location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
The 17th session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Congress will be held from 25 May to 12 June 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.
dates: 25 May - 12 June 2015 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Intersessional consultations for the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) will be held from 26-29 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.
dates: 26-29 May 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.
date: 1 June 2015 location: Washington D.C., US
To be held at World Bank headquarters, the 5th annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors and civil society organizations supporting natural capital accounting. The meeting will showcase results from WAVES countries that have made progress in constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts and are using them to inform their policies.
dates: 1-2 June 2015 location: Washington D.C., US
The Environmental Emergencies Forum (EEF) aims to showcase experiences and innovations in improving prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies, and for advocating the integration of environmental concerns into humanitarian action. This forum meeting will explore the nexus of environmental risk, humanitarian crisis and climate change, and identify ways to better prepare for and respond to environmental emergencies. The Forum will bring together representatives from governments, industry, academia, aid agencies and civil society share the common goal of helping countries effectively respond to environmental emergencies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection are hosting the 2015 Forum.
dates: 1-3 June 2015 venue: Rica Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Kongeveien 26, 0787 Oslo location: Oslo, Norway
Provisions have been made for intersessional consultations for the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) to be held from 1-5 June 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, if they are needed following two intersessional meetings in May 2015.
dates: 1-5 June 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in June 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. The theme of the conference is 'Wetlands for our Future.'
dates: 1-9 June 2015 venue: Conrad Resort and Casino location: Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
The 42nd sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2015. The meeting will include the ninth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-9), which is scheduled to take place from 1-11 June 2015.
dates: 1-11 June 2015 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.
dates: 2-4 June 2015 location: Washington D.C., US
The 18th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council will be held on 4 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, in parallel with the 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, taking place from 2-4 June, at the same location.
date: 4 June 2015 location: Washington D.C., US
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Department of Social Affairs and Gender and ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (ECREEE) are organizing this event to review, improve and validate the ECOWAS policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access in the context of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and Beijing Platform for Action. The event will feature a technical session to present and review the policy; a learning and experience exchange session on operationalizing the policy; and presentations on gender mainstreaming and energy access in ECOWAS member States. Intended outputs include an endorsed and validated draft of the policy; validated situation analysis report; and preliminary draft implementation strategy. Participants will include energy and gender experts from the Ministries of Energy in the ECOWAS region, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and research institutions, development partners, and representatives of other relevant stakeholder institutions. The event is being organized in partnership with the Government of Senegal, African Development Bank (AfDB) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
dates: 4-5 June 2015 venue: Radisson Blu Hotel location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal
The 2015 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations will convene under the theme resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the context of the planet's regenerative capacity. The slogan, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” was chosen through voting on social media. Italy will serve as the host of WED 2015 and the global WED celebrations will be organized at the Milan Expo. Celebrations at the Milan Expo will complement the Expo's theme, ‘Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life,' which will showcase ideas, solutions and technology to help ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all while respecting the planet and its carrying capacity. The WED 2015 programme at the Milan Expo will also involve activities with partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Slow Food, WWF Italy and the Green Film Network. WED is celebrated annually on 5 June as a day for positive environmental action.
date: 5 June 2015 location: worldwide
The 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. The latest edition of the World Soil Resources Report will be launched during the Conference.
dates: 6-13 June 2015 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.
dates: 7-8 June 2015 venue: Schloss Elmau location: Germany additional: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.
date: 8 June 2015 location: worldwide
The Ministerial Meeting of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) aims to support African LDCs to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category as well to support the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including goals and targets under the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). Participants will explore actions for the structural socio-economic transformation of African LDCs and acceleration of progress towards graduation criteria. The meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life,' and will discuss agriculture, food security and access to energy as critical factors in Africa's development. The meeting will also discuss how the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) can reflect African LDCs' needs and integrate the priorities, goals and targets of the IPoA.
dates: 8-10 June 2015 location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The third drafting session will take place on 15-19 June 2015.
dates: 15-19 June 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The Ninth Session of the Committee on Sustainable Development and the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will convene from 16-18 June 2015. The ninth session of the ECA Committee on Sustainable Development (CSD-9) will deliberate on statutory and programmatic matters related to the ECA subprogramme on innovations, technologies and the management of natural resources under the auspices of the Special Initiatives Division (SID). The session will in addition provide a platform for the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD), which ECA is organizing jointly with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) will bring together government ministries and agencies, major groups and other stakeholders, to deliberated on and provide Africa's collective input to the HLPF at its 2015 meeting.
dates: 16-18 June 2015 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the slogan for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils'. National and global observances will convene under the theme, 'attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems'. A global observance event will take place in Milan, Italy, during the UN Expo Milano 2015.
date: 17 June 2015 location: worldwide
Convening under the theme, ‘Congo Basin Ecosystems: a source of natural capital, producer of economic value and driver of green growth for the well being of its people,' this meeting of partners will consider priority actions for the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), develop roadmaps for implementation, and discuss partner engagement. Main issues for discussion will include: ecosystem services, wildlife and bushmeat, law enforcement and governance, REDD+, green growth, and sustainable financing.
dates: 17-19 June 2015 location: Yaounde, Centre, Cameroon
The Humanitarian Affairs segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will meet from 17-19 June 2015 at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
dates: 17-19 June 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Organized by the International Trade Centre (a joint UN/World Trade Organization agency) and Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, this symposium aims to enhance understanding on how to support trade in wildlife that is sustainable, legal and consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Key objectives of the two-day symposium are to: foster dialogue between researchers, economists, policy makers, the private sector and other conservation-related disciplines; provide evidence-based options for improved conservation trade policy; and establish a research agenda for wildlife trade in the global economy.
dates: 18-19 June 2015 venue: University of Kent location: Canterbury, England, UK
The third Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly is scheduled for 22-24 June 2015, in Rome, Italy. The provisional agenda and further information will be communicated as per the Rules of Procedure.
dates: 22-24 June 2015 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 22-25 June 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.
dates: 22-25 June 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The Third High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 3), which will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015'. The HLPF is mandated to meet every year under the auspices of ECOSOC and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). HLPF 3 will meet from 26 June - 8 July 2015. The ministerial segment will be from 6-8 July. The draft programme is available.
dates: 26 June - 8 July 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The Seventh Summit of the BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) will be held from 9-10 July 2015, in Ufa, the Russian Federation. The host country has signaled it will: ensure the continuity of the group's operation; take into account priorities put forward during the Brazilian presidency of the BRICS; and seek to enrich the group's work with new ideas, and strengthen its role in international affairs and regional issues.
dates: 9-10 July 2015 location: Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russian Federation
The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place on 13-16 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference will be held at the highest possible political level, including Heads of State or Government, relevant ministers – ministers for finance, foreign affairs and development cooperation – and other special representatives. The conference will result both in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome and in summaries of the plenary meetings and other deliberations of the Conference, to be included in the report of the Conference.
dates: 13-16 July 2015 location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat is convening the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Training of Trainers Workshop to support experts from national-level agencies of developing countries to contribute to enhanced implementation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets on marine and coastal areas. The workshop will focus on providing experts with the guidelines, information and tools to strengthen scientific and technical capacity on the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs), the application of the ecosystem approach and area-based management tools, including marine spatial planning, and the application of environmental impact assessments. Following the training, experts are expected to develop and implement training programmes in their countries.
dates: 13-17 July 2015 location: Yeosu, South Jeolla (Cholla-Namdo), Republic of Korea
The seventh and eighth sessions of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place back-to-back from 20-31 July 2015. The sessions are both scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.
dates: 20-31 July 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.
dates: 30-31 July 2015 venue: UN Complex location: Nairobi, Kenya
The 6th Annual Africa Weeks for the Animals celebrates African animals by highlighting through various events wildlife, citizens, advocates, and organizations involved in the conservation and protection of African wildlife.
dates: 1-16 August 2015 location: TBA additional: Across Africa
The UN organizes International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples annually. The theme of the 2015 event is, 'Indigenous Peoples as Custodians of the Land and its Ecosystems'.
date: 9 August 2015 location: US (worldwide)
This conference will facilitate South-led initiatives on climate change, connecting government, business, civil society and social enterprise leaders from the global South for "a different kind of debate on climate - a debate led by the South, for the benefit of the whole world". The Climate South Initiatives hopes to give voice to those not typically heard at climate change conferences, to engage youth in the process, and to encourage collaboration on solutions, rather than negotiation. Developing and emerging economies will share their knowledge and expertise, focusing on areas for South-South cooperation. The expected outcome is a declaration outlining the joint measures that will support climate change leadership in the global South; the document will also give input to the climate change negotiations planned for November/December 2015 in Paris, France.
date: 29 August 2015 venue: Stade de l'Amitié Sino-Gabonaise, Angondjé (Suburb of Libreville) location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon
The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.
dates: 30 August - 3 September 2015 location: Tel Aviv, Israel
As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will take place in Bonn, Germany.
dates: 31 August - 4 September 2015 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
The 2015 World Forestry Congress, the first to be held in Africa, will come together under the theme, ‘Forests and People – Investing in a sustainable future'. The Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the government of South Africa, will consider how forests can be mainstreamed into global discussions on sustainable development and will facilitate the development of partnerships to address global forestry issues.
dates: 7-11 September 2015 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.
dates: 8-9 September 2015 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.
date: 9 September 2015 location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
The International Day of South-South Cooperation commemorates the adoption of the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The annual day also aims to raise awareness on South-South cooperation as an important element for development that offers opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to pursue sustainable development and economic growth.
date: 12 September 2015 location: worldwide
The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate is scheduled to open on Tuesday, 22 September 2015.
dates: 15-28 September 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit from 9 am to 11 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis.
dates: 25-27 September 2015 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is organizing this hands-on training workshop for the African region on vulnerability and adaptation assessment from 28 September - 2 October 2015.
dates: 28 September - 2 October 2015 location: TBA
The Government of South Africa together with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) are hosting the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), to gather ministers, decision-makers, civil society, academia and the private sector to discuss experiences and strategies for accelerating the global deployment of renewable energy. The event is aimed particularly at giving the African renewable energy industry opportunities to showcase its work and gain insights from other participants. This event will build upon previous "IREC" conferences held in Abu Dhabi (2013), Delhi (2010), Washington D.C (2008), Beijing (2005) and Bonn (2004).
dates: 4-7 October 2015 location: South Africa
The 42nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 42) is expected to convene in October 2015.
dates: 5-8 October 2015 location: Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, Croatia
Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.
dates: 5-8 October 2015 location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway
Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.
dates: 5-9 October 2015 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.
dates: 9-11 October 2015 location: Lima, Peru
The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey. As the Convention's primary decision-making body, the COP will meet to discuss and make decisions regarding the Convention's implementation.
dates: 12-23 October 2015 venue: Congresium Ankara - Ato International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Söğütözü Caddesi No:1/A, 06510 Çankaya location: Ankara, Turkey
A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.
date: 19 October 2015 location: Washington D.C., US
As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will hold its fourth session in Bonn, Germany.
dates: 19-23 October 2015 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.
dates: 19-23 October 2015 location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.
dates: 20-22 October 2015 location: Washington D.C., US
The 19th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council will be held on 22 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, in parallel with the 49th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Meeting, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.
date: 22 October 2015 location: Washington D.C., US
At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.
dates: 26-30 October 2015 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
The 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 27) to the Montreal Protocol will convene from 1-5 November 2015.
dates: 1-5 November 2015 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19) and the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back.
dates: 1-7 November 2015 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
This is the second of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will discuss interlinkages among issues. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.
dates: 2-3 November 2015 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The 2015 Biennial Clean Cooking Forum is a major event that convenes the global clean cooking sector to share knowledge, best practices and scalable solutions. The four-day conference presents practitioners and stakeholders the opportunity to come together to exchange lessons and experiences, and to work towards gaining the capacity and resources necessary to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions. Topics will include: building consumer confidence; applications for mobile technology; consumer finance; cross-sector integration; refugee and other humanitarian needs; and performance evaluation.
dates: 10-13 November 2015 location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.
dates: 30 November - 11 December 2015 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France
The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.
date: 5 December 2015 location: worldwide
The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
dates: 5-6 December 2015 venue: Palais des Congrès location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France
The Day is meant to provide opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands globally.
date: 11 December 2015 location: worldwide
The Ministerial Conference is the top-most decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.
dates: 15-18 December 2015 location: Nairobi, Kenya
The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.
dates: 11-15 January 2016 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.
dates: 1-6 February 2016 location: Tanzania
The seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC7) for the Minamata Convention on Mercury is scheduled to convene in Jordan. Regional consultations will take place on 6 March 2016.
dates: 7-11 March 2016 location: Amman, Jordan
The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.
dates: 14-17 March 2016 location: Lima, Peru
This is the last of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. The retreat will discuss findings and conclusions related to the areas discussed during the dialogue's process, namely: functions, funding, governance, capacity and impact of the UN development system, partnership approaches and organizational arrangements. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.
dates: 4-5 April 2016 [tentative] venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20) and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back, in Montreal, Canada.
dates: 25 April - 7 May 2016 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together to discuss: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.
dates: 9-20 May 2016 venue: UN Headquarters, New York City location: New York City, US
The 42nd sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.
dates: 16-26 May 2016 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.
dates: 23-27 May 2016 venue: UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Nairobi (UNON), Gigiri location: Nairobi, Kenya
Th UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organising the summit, which aims to set a new agenda for global humanitarian action, focusing on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in conflict. The summit, the first UN conference of its kind, will bring together the humanitarian community with other actors from the development, peace-building and peacekeeping spheres to work toward a coherent approach in the way humanitarian aid is delivered. Heads of State and Government, and representatives of civil society, the private sector, crisis-affected communities and multilateral organisations will attend the Summit. Preparations are taking place via one global and seven regional meetings, online consultations, and a September 2015 thematic meeting in Berlin, Germany. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is establishing a High-level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to provide recommendations that will help to frame the Summit discussions.
dates: 26-27 May 2016 location: Istanbul, Turkey
The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.
dates: 13-26 September 2016 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US
The Third 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: 17-21 October 2016 location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 7-18 November 2016. Morocco has offered to host this COP.
dates: 7-18 November 2016 location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.
dates: 4-17 December 2016 location: Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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
The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.
dates: 12-25 September 2017 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US
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
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