The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) holds short sessions, ad hoc meetings, round tables and panel discussions throughout the year, to prepare for its annual four week substantive session in July. The 2013 meeting will convene from 1-25 July, in Geneva, Switzerland, and will consist of the following segments: High-level Segment, including the Annual Ministerial Review (1-4 July); Coordination Segment (5-9 July); Operational Activities Segment (10-12 July); Humanitarian Affairs Segment (15-17 July); and General Segment (18-25 July).
dates: 1-25 July 2013 location: Geneva, Switzerland
The purpose of this regional consultation is to bring together African member States and other stakeholders in the region to discuss the current status of the intersessional process, including the development of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) work programme, draft conceptual framework, stakeholder engagement strategy, strategic partnership document and other elements of the Platform, and to strengthen the capacity and raise awareness in the region in the context of the IPBES framework.
dates: 22-24 July 2013 venue: World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) location: Nairobi, Kenya
The aim of this meeting is to bring together the 27 appointed experts in order to organize the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) programme of work by selecting a Chair and developing a work programme. Furthermore, they will organize the work that has been requested by the Plenary Assembly and that is related to: soils and sustainable development goals (SDGs); the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) pillars of action; the world soil charter; and ITPS and links with existing technical and scientific advisory bodies. The ITPS was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership held at FAO Headquarters on 11-12 June 2013. The ITPS is composed of 27 top soil experts representing all the regions of the world. The main function of the ITPS is to provide scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues to the Global Soil Partnership primarily and to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS will advocate for addressing sustainable soil management in the different sustainable development agendas.
dates: 22-26 July 2013 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Italy