The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), in collaboration with a number of UN agencies, international and regional organizations and key national agencies, are organizing the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy (HMNDP) in Geneva, Switzerland, in March 2013. HMNDP will provide practical insight into useful, science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments and the private sector under the UNCCD and the various strategies to cope with drought. HMNDP will start with a half-day opening plenary, with a major keynote address, followed by three days of scientific segment, and a High Level segment for ministers.
dates: 11-15 March 2013 venue: International Conference Centre (CICG) location: Geneva, Switzerland
This session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) will include a meeting of the Information System for the Promotion of Aquaculture in the Mediterranean (SIPAM).
dates: 13-15 March 2013 location: Paris, France
The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is expected to meet in Berlin, Germany, from 13-15 March 2013. According to the Work Plan of the Board (GCF/B.02-12/03), the meeting is expected to address, among other issues: the Board's additional rules of procedure; the selection of the Executive Director; and the structure and organization of the Fund, including the model for the delivery and allocation of resources, access, governance and information disclosure policy.
dates: 13-15 March 2013 location: Berlin, Germany
The first meeting of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been announced for 14-15 March 2013.
dates: 14-15 March 2013 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US
This meeting will consider the PROFOR Annual Progress Report for 2012 and allow the PROFOR secretariat to seek guidance on activities for 2013. Key themes for discussion include: livelihoods; coordination across sectors; financing sustainable forest management (SFM); and governance. The Program on Forests (PROFOR) is a multi-donor partnership to encourage innovative approaches to forest conservation and management.
date: 15 March 2013 venue: World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H St location: Washington, District of Columbia, US