Upcoming Events

69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69)

The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The debate's opening was postponed from Tuesday, 23 September 2014, to accommodate the Climate Summit (resolution A/RES/57/301 and decision 68/512).  

dates: 16 September - 1 October 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa

This is a preparatory meeting for National Focal Points in advance of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).  

dates: 21-23 September 2014   location: Harare, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe  

Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

An 8-hour Special Session to Follow Up on the Programme of Action from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is being organized to coincide with the high-level segment of the general debate at the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly has urged all Member and observer States and observers to be represented at the highest political level, including Heads of State or Government. Member States will have opportunity to recommit themselves to the ICPD Programme of Action. Civil society is expected to be involved in this meeting, based on equitable geographic representation.  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 1st Avenue between 45th & 46th St, New York   location: New York City, US  

Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development

To help propel family farmers' voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of three, simultaneous regional consultations, followed by one global consultation. The global consultation aims to enable e-Agriculture community members and others to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations. The regional and global consultations will also inform the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which is taking place in October 2014.  

dates: 22 September - 6 October 2014   location: virtual  

2014 Climate Summit

The 2014 Climate Summit, which will be organized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place in September 2014 with the aim to mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement in 2015.  

date: 23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Special High-level Event for the Signature and Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

A Special High-Level event on the Minamata Convention on Mercury will be held at UN Headquarters, New York, US, on the margins of the 2014 Treaty Event, organized by the UN Office of Legal Affairs. Government representatives are invited to attend to sign the Convention and, where possible, deposit the instrument of ratification. This event intends to offer an opportunity to governments to demonstrate their commitment to the Minamata Convention, and will be used also as a means for outreach to facilitate rapid entry into force of the Convention.  

date: 24 September 2014     1.15 pm to 2.30 pm   location: New York City, US  

Africa and a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda

The African Union, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), UN Women and Saferworld, is organizing an event on ‘Africa and a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda: Tools for Measuring Peace, Governance and Rule of Law'.  

date: 26 September 2014     1:15-3 pm   venue: African Union to the UN   location: New York City, US  

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea  

African Regional Workshop on NAMAs

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing an African Regional Wokshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to: facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learnt in preparation and implementation of NAMAs by providing a platform to showcase NAMAs and innovative financing options; collaborate with international partners to conduct the workshops and ensure synergy, coherence, cost effectiveness and avoid duplication; provide a platform for networking by bringing experts of developing countries and international organizations/donors together; provide partners from international organizations with an opportunity to better understand capacity building needs of countries in the region so that they can target their technical support to meet specific needs of developing countries; and explore how and by what means the experiences gained in implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) standards could be linked with NAMAs.  

dates: 1-3 October 2014   location: Windhoek, Namibia  

Second UN Conference on LLDCs - PrepCom 2

The 10-Year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action is also known as the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs). The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Conference, pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 68/270, will hold its second meeting on 2-3 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, preceded by informal consultations on the zero draft text of the outcome document. The annotated provision agenda for the session is now available (A/CONF.225/PC/6).  

dates: 2-3 October 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2 (CB)   location: New York City, US  

First Pan African Mosquito Control Association Annual Conference

The Pan African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) is convening this conference, which will be held from 6-8 October in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme of 'Challenges of vector control in the malaria eradication era'. The conference will include a Special Symposium on the Efficacy, Benefits and Challenges of Alternatives to DDT in Malaria Vector Control.  

dates: 6-8 October 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

CBD COP 12

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7) will take place immediately before COP 12.  

dates: 6-17 October 2014   location: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang  

14th Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP) Anchor Workshop

This meeting will convene representatives and partners from the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) in order to discuss issues related to REDD+ in the region, the revised convergence plan of Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), ways and means to address drivers of deforestation, and the loss of forest biodiversity.  

dates: 8-9 October 2014   location: Brazzaville, Congo  

4th AfricaSan Conference

The 4th AfricaSan Conference, hosted by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) and the Government of Senegal, will address water supply and sanitation issues in Africa.  

dates: 8-10 October 2014   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal  

Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV)

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

dates: 8-10 October 2014   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF

The 2014 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) will bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial system will be held. About 13,000 people are expected to attend this year's meetings. The Annual Meetings will open with a plenary on 10 October followed by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) and of the Development Committee on 11 October. At the conclusion of each of these meetings, communiqués will be released providing guidance to the Executive Boards of the two institutions. A Civil Society Policy Forum will also be held, which will comprise a series of policy dialogue sessions and bring together Bank and Fund staff, civil society representatives, government officials and others.  

dates: 10-12 October 2014   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US  

Cities Biodiversity Summit

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

dates: 12-14 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea  

Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future

This conference, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the theme, 'Italy and Africa: Working Together for a Sustainable Energy Future,' will explore prospects for investment in power generation, and the development of renewable energy and transmission networks. The conference will encourage the engagement of the Italian and African private sectors in the deployment of renewable energy in Africa, and the strengthening of African energy markets. The 'Africa Report,' part of the International Energy Agency's 'World Energy Outlook,' will also be presented. The conference is part of the Italy-Africa Initiative, a programme launched by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in December 2013 to strengthen relations between Italy and Africa.  

dates: 13-14 October 2014   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

GSP Training on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa Representatives

Organized with the support of the European Commission, the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has established a Capacity Development Programme on digital mapping in Africa, to be implemented in October 2014 and January 2015. This training workshop will be held from 13-17 October in Nairobi, Kenya. Previous workshops, one of which launched the African Soil Partnership in 2013, have identified capacity development as a regional priority and a key area for improving the availability of updated soil data and information.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1

The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) will be held during the second week of CBD COP-12. It will address, among other issues, the ABS clearing-house, compliance, capacity building and awareness-raising, and the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.  

dates: 13-17 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea  

8th Meeting of the GCF Board

The 8th meeting of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board will be the last meeting before the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2014, Lima, Peru.  

dates: 15-17 October 2014   location: Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados  

Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10)

This subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention reviews chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV respectively and make recommendations to the COP for listing these chemicals in Annex III. A pre-meeting is scheduled for 21 October, and the CRC 10 meeting will take place from 22-24 October. This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the tenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC10).  

dates: 21-24 October 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF)

The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Africa Mountain Partnership Champions Committee in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) are organizing the 1st African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF), under the theme 'Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The three-day forum will aim to: support understanding of common conservation and development issues in the region; identify strategic actions to address major emerging issues; promote linkages and collaboration between different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development in Africa; and share lessons learned and experiences in meeting the conservation and development challenges including water, energy, food security and climate change in African Mountain regions.  

dates: 22-24 October 2014   location: Arusha, Tanzania  

Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming

As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF), FAO will convene an international Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) to showcase the role of Communication for Development (ComDev) methods and tools as a driver for innovation and family farmers' participation in rural development strategies. The FCCM main objectives are to: showcase the contribution of ComDev, particularly community media, to family farming, providing evidence of innovative programmes and farmer-led experiences; raise awareness about the potential of communication in agriculture and rural development, giving voice to farmers and civil society organizations, rural institutions, private sector and community media; and identify opportunities, policy options and strategic initiatives to promote ComDev policies and services in support of family farming and rural development. The Forum's recommendations are expected to contribute to the Global Dialogue on Family Farming, to be held in Rome from 27-28 October 2014.  

dates: 23-24 October 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10)

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annex A, Annex B, and/or Annex C. The tenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC10) will take place from 27-30 October, with a pre-meeting on 26 October. This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the tenth meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10).  

dates: 26-30 October 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Global Dialogue on Family Farming

The Global Dialogue on Family Farming is part of a series of events focusing on family farming as part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). It will bring together high-level government representatives, family farmers, CSOs, development agencies, academia and the private sector to take stock of the momentum created during the IYFF and discuss next steps for a pro-family farming agenda for action after the official conclusion of the IYFF. The event will consider recommendations from a series of regional consultations on family farming held throughout the Year. It will also consider outcomes from the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which will take place immediately before the Global Dialogue.  

dates: 27-28 October 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

47th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place on 27 October 2014.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US  

Africa Conference on Land Grabs 2014

The first Africa Conference on Land Grabs will explore the theme 'Governance, Beneficiation and Sustainability: Beyond Rhetoric' through interactive, peer-reviewed parallel sessions. The conference will provide a platform for government officials, writers, academics, businesses, funders and other stakeholders to exchange views in five tracks: Understanding Land Grabs: What implications for Africa?; Community Involvement, Accountability and Beneficiation; Water Access, Food Security and the Future of Commons; Private Sector, Foreign Ownership and Sustainable Development; and Strengthening Land Governance (local, national and continental) and Cadastral Capacity. Scholarships are available for participants, with priority for individuals who will bring knowledge and skills gained at the conference to work in their communities.  

dates: 27-30 October 2014   venue: Pan-African Parliament, Gallagher Estate, Private Bag X16   location: Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa  

IPCC 40

The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 40) will be held to adopt the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5) Synthesis Report and approve its Summary for Policy Makers. Subsequently, in December 2014, a copy of the Synthesis Report will be presented to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark  

First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport

This conference is part of the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, a high-level platform for discussion and policy decision making. The Forum aims to integrate sustainable transport into Africa's development and planning processes and increase funding to sustainable transport programmes in Africa, with the broader aim of improving access to transport, reducing air pollution and climate emissions, and improving road safety and health. The Forum also aims to share experiences from demonstration and pilot projects and foster South-South exchanges. The Forum intends to hold Ministerial conferences bi-annually, with Sub-Regional conferences in the interim years. The Forum is a partnership among the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the World Bank. UNEP hosts the Forum Secretariat.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   venue: UNEP headquarters   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015

This workshop is being convened as a contribution to the work of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in order to consider options for a future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). The country-led initiative workshop will build on the work of the first Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG1), which considered views from Parties on the matter as well as the report of the Independent Assessment. The results of the workshop will be submitted to the second AHEG as well as to the eleventh session of the UNFF. This link will be functional as of 15 June: http://cli2014china.forestry.gov.cn/.  

dates: 29-31 October 2014   location: Beijing, China  

42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee

The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene prior to the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by the COP.  

dates: 2-3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel

This Ministerial Panel will be held at the venue of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11). Ministers and other dignitaries will debate how to reconcile the concepts of “Rights of Nature” and the “Green Economy” in the context of the depletion of natural resources, including wildlife.  

date: 3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)

The 10-year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action, titled ‘Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) within a New Global Framework for Transit Transport Cooperation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in 2014,' will aim to: undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action; identify international, regional, subregional and national international trade and transit transport cooperation policies and review transit transport systems within the context of new and emerging challenges, partnerships and opportunities; reaffirm the global commitment to addressing the special development needs of and the challenges faced by LLDCs; and mobilize international support and action by and for LLDCs, including the formulation and adoption of a renewed development partnership framework for the next decade. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Conference held its first meeting on 12-13 June 2014. The second meeting will take place on 2-3 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, preceded by informal consultations on the zero draft text of the outcome document.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria  

WINDaba

This annual conference and exhibition hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), in partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), is intended to serve as a meeting point for wind energy professionals, including policymakers and innovators. Organized for the fourth time in 2014, the WINDaba conference will comprise sessions focusing on different aspects of wind power development in South Africa, including energy planning processes, future renewable energy conferences, independent power producer procurement and industry.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre   location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa  

Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6)

As mandated in the resolution on arrangements in the interim period adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) on mercury established pursuant to Governing Council decision 25/5 will meet during the period between the date on which the Convention is opened for signature and the date of the opening of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention as may be necessary to facilitate the rapid entry into force of the Convention and its effective implementation upon its entry into force.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC)

The annual meeting of the ITTC will consider progress in the implementation of International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) projects and activities in support of the sustainable management of tropical forests and the promotion of trade in sustainably produced tropical timber.  

dates: 3-8 November 2014   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan  

CMS COP 11

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial meeting on 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

dates: 3-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will emphasize accomplishing the three Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) objectives through a regional agenda and sharing of experiences, namely universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030 globally. The Forum is organized by the Government of Tunisia and the UN Economic Commissions for Europe, Western Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. A high-level dialogue on 'International Cooperation towards Sustainable Energy for All' is expected to adopt a declaration reaffirming the roles of key stakeholders and calling for joining efforts to achieve the SE4All objectives. The forum will also include a workshop on energy efficiency investments and the launch of a new UN Development Account project on promoting renewable energy investments.  

dates: 4-6 November 2014   location: Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia  

43rd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee

The 43rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will meet at the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and to undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by  

date: 9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

Conference on Land Policy in Africa

The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa, co-hosted by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), will convene under the theme 'The next Decade of Land Policy in Africa: Ensuring Agricultural Development and Inclusive Growth,' in support of the 2014 African Union (AU) Year of Agriculture and Food Security. The conference, which will be held biennially, aims to create a continental land policy platform for presenting research and drawing stakeholder attention to the issues and status of land policy in Africa. The conference will include plenary and parallel sessions, side events, panel discussions and exhibitions, and will focus on six sub-themes: inclusive agricultural growth; land governance frameworks; women's land rights; land rights under different tenure regimes; experiences and best practices in land policies; and land administration.  

dates: 11-14 November 2014   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana  

GEO-XI

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

dates: 13-14 November 2014   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon  

G20 Leaders' Summit 2014

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a forum that assembles 19 members plus the EU, representing the world's major economies. General themes include global economy, financial regulation, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The next G20 Summit will take place in Australia, which will work as a troika in defining the next work programme in cooperation with the past (Russian Federation) and future (Turkey) hosts. The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US, as well as the EU.  

dates: 15-16 November 2014   venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)   location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  

Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

MOP 26 is scheduled to consider a several issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions and other draft decisions forwarded from the OEWG.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Africa

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Africa region will take place from 17-21 November.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   location: Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia  

Africa Mini Grids Summit 2014

This Summit will provide a high-level platform for industries facing electricity shortages to explore and deploy mini-grids to meet electricity shortfalls in Africa, a region where mini-grids have been actively promoted in such industries as mining and agriculture. Globally, 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity with 85% of the off-grid population in Africa lacking access. Thus, ground-level implementation of renewable and hybrid mini-grids are required in the region and many governments are actively promoting mini-grids and public-private cooperation strategy. Key government officials, leading investors, financiers, independent power producers and technology providers will attend the Summit and share their expertise and experiences to assist in the effective development of mini-grid blueprints. Summit participants will address: market trends; commercial use of mini-grids in mining, heavy industries, sugar and agriculture, and tourism; financing and investment; renewable technologies and hybrids; regulations and policies; and knowledge transfer and human capital. The Summit, which will also include a site visit to a live solar project at Strathmore University, is being organized by the Singapore-based Magenta Global and supported by the African Network for Solar Energy (ANSOLE), Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and African Sustainable Energy Association (AFSEA).  

dates: 18-19 November 2014   venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Second International Conference on Nutrition

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are jointly organising this intergovernmental conference with the participation of Heads of State and Government and other UN agencies. The conference will identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels to address under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. The conference aims to improve coordination among the food, health and agriculture sectors, and is expected to result in a political commitment for action and resource mobilization towards the goal of improved nutrition, contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and the Zero Hunger Challenge. The First International Conference on Nutrition took place in 1992, resulting in a World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition.  

dates: 19-21 November 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Rome   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

AfricaSolar 2014

Organized by the International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering (2iE) and the Ministry of Mining and Energy of Burkina Faso, in partnership with the Universities of Ougadougou and Perpignan, the second International Conference on Solar Energy in Africa will convene in Ouagadougou under the theme 'Solar Market in Africa, Strengths and Weaknesses'. The event is expected to bring together around 300 scientists, experts and investors to: assess different solar technologies and related opportunities; and examine the strengths and weaknesses of the solar market in Africa. Topics addressed at the conference are: solar technologies; access to energy in rural areas; energy storage; energy efficiency; and the role of politics, investors and private companies. The conference will seek to bring out concrete recommendations for decision makers and stakeholders on promoting the development of the region's solar market.  

dates: 20-22 November 2014   venue: Conference Room Ouaga 2000   location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso  

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins.  

dates: 26-28 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

UNFCCC COP 20

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2014 in Peru. Venezuela has offered to host a pre-COP ministerial meeting,  

dates: 1-12 December 2014   location: Lima, Peru  

CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the support from the European Commission. It will bring together nominated experts to discuss the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Baltimore, MD, US  

WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this workshop will include about 14 participants from each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective; explain the negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); and raise awareness of the available intellectual property tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of traditional knowledge.  

dates: 3-5 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

International Mountain Day 2014

Organized under the theme 'Mountain Farming,' the 2014 International Mountain Day will focus on highlighting the rapid transformation of family farming in mountain regions driven by population growth and economic globalization, among other factors. 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. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Day will also constitute one of the concluding events of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming and link to relevant FAO publications and programmes.  

date: 11 December 2014   location: worldwide  

Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG

The Second Meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG2) is expected to: review and prioritize proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation for the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4); consider proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action; consider the outcomes of regional meetings; and identify priority issues for consideration at ICCM4.  

dates: 15-17 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Preparatory Session I for Third Conference on Financing for Development

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. Informal consultations and drafting sessions on the outcome document will take place in January 2015 for three days, in April 2015 for five days, and in June 2015 for five days.  

dates: 5-7 January 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2)

The Ad Hoc Expert Group to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) will hold its second meeting (AHEG2) in order to review the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). Expected outputs from AHEG2 include recommendations on an IAF beyond 2015 based on inputs from stakeholders and an independent review of the IAF multi-year programme of work. In order to facilitate its work, AHEG2 will consider input on the future of IAF provided by member States and other stakeholders, as long as such inputs are received before 5 December 2014.  

dates: 12-16 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary

The third session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014 – 2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. In addition, the third session of the IPBES plenary will select the members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) based on the nominations received from governments. The event will be preceded by consultations and a stakeholder day on 10-11 January.  

dates: 12-17 January 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

2015 Zaragoza Conference

The UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference in January 2015 will consider the theme "Water and Sustainable Development" and will focus on how to bring the post-2015 international agenda on water and sanitation into action. More than 300 participants from UN agencies and programmes, experts, representatives of the business community, governmental and non-governmental organizations will participate in the 15-17 January 2015 event in Zaragoza, Spain, to draw conclusions based on existing practice and the exchange of views between governments and stakeholders. This event will take place during the final year of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life,' and participants will contribute to efforts to take stock of and learn from achievements as well as planning the next steps. This invitation-only event also will help UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day, which will focus on “water and sustainable development” in 2015.  

dates: 15-17 January 2015   location: Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain  

CGRFA 15 Special Information Seminar

Immediately preceding the 15th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), this information seminar will focus on biodiversity and food security.  

date: 17 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

World Future Energy Summit 2015

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2015 is dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. It will offer a number of renewable energy-related events, including a conference, exhibition, Project and Finance Village, and Young Future Energy Leaders program. Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, the event will be attended by international policy makers, industry experts, investors and media, who will discuss practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges.  

dates: 19-22 January 2015   venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  

15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.  

dates: 19-23 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the third of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened. The meetings aim to make recommendations to the UNGA on the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). These three meetings are expected to result in a summary of discussions that will be submitted to the President of the UNGA, and are anticipated to contribute to a decision to be taken at the 69th Session of the UNGA on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

dates: 20-23 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session

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

dates: 1-5 February 2015   location: Tanzania  

UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

dates: 9-12 March 2015   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

Preparatory Session II for Third Conference on Financing for Development

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. Informal consultations and drafting sessions on the outcome document will take place in January 2015 for three days, in April 2015 for five days, and in June 2015 for five days.  

dates: 6-10 April 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

The 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. The IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee will meet to discuss progress on the IMF's and the WBG's work. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and many other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial markets will also be held.  

dates: 17-19 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US  

3rd Global Soil Week

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

dates: 19-23 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany  

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention, seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention, and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention are expected to convene back-to-back in May 2015.  

dates: 3-14 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

UN Forum on Forests Eleventh Session (UNFF11)

The eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) will consider the future of the international arrangement on forests, based on challenges and its effectiveness. The meeting will also review progress in the implementation of the global objectives on forests and the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests. Thematic issues under consideration will include sustainable forest management (SFM) and forest law enforcement as was as cooperation and coordination.  

dates: 4-15 May 2015   location: New York City, US  

2015 Global Land Forum

The 2015 Global Land Forum will take place under the theme 'Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action'. The event will bring together practitioners, land users, activists, policy makers and researchers from around the world. Participants will debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance, with the aim of contributing to broader goals of poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including within the context of the post-2015 development framework. The first day of the Forum will be dedicated to ‘Africa Day,' with a spotlight on land governance in Senegal and the Africa region. The second and third days will discuss issues from a global perspective. The fourth day includes a field trip, which will be followed by an Assembly on the fifth day. The event will include plenary sessions, workshops and a Marketplace of Ideas. The International Land Coalition (ILC) is organizing the event together with the Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development (CICODEV Africa) in partnership with Cadre de Recherche et d'Action sur le Foncier au Sénégal (CRAFS) and others.  

dates: 11-17 May 2015   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal  

Preparatory Session III for Third Conference on Financing for Development

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. Informal consultations and drafting sessions on the outcome document will take place in January 2015 for three days, in April 2015 for five days, and in June 2015 for five days.  

dates: 1-5 June 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Ramsar COP 12

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

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

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

40th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2015.  

dates: 3-14 June 2015   location: Bonn, Germany  

Third High-level Political Forum

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 convene on 26 June-2 July and 6-8 July 2015.  

dates: 26 June - 8 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

VII BRICS Summit

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  

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

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

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

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

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

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

UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). In consultations on organizational modalities for the Summit, Member States are considering holding the summit on 21-23 September 2015.  

dates: 21-23 September 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund 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.  

date: 1 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru  

South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference 2015 (SAIREC)

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  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

UNFCCC COP 21

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

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

10th WTO Ministerial Conference

The 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference is expected to meet in December 2015. The Ministerial Conference is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.  

dates: 1-4 December 2015 [tentative]   location: TBA  

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

dates: 18-29 May 2016   location: Bonn, Germany  

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 30 November-11 December 2016, at a venue to be determined.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2016   location: TBA  

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

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

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