Upcoming Events

54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development

The 54th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD 54) will consider the theme 'Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world'. According to the provisional agenda of the session, the Commission will discuss the follow-up to the 1995 World Summit for Social Development and to the Social Summit+5 held during the 24th special session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2000. It will take into account, among other documents, a note from the UN Secretariat on 'Emerging issues: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: moving from commitments to results for achieving social development'.  

dates: 3-12 February 2016   venue: UN Conference Building, Conference Room 4   location: New York City, US  

Seventh International Conference of the African Soil Science Society (ASSS)

Addressing the theme ‘Critical soil solutions for sustainable development in Africa,' this conference was initially organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015, but postponed due to the security situation in Burkina Faso. Organizing partners include the Burkina Faso Ministry of Rural Development and several national soil science and research institutes; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS); the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and ISRIC - World Soil Information. Conference sub-themes include: soil productivity in tropical agrosystems; land ownership and sustainable land management; soil and climate change; and education and capacity building in soil science in Africa. The conference will comprise a three-day scientific meeting gathering soil scientists, land planners and users and related specialists, followed by a post-conference tour focusing on issues such as food insecurity, climate change, land degradation, land and water knowledge management and renewable energies. In addition, IITA and other partners will convene a special sub-regional program on the theme: ‘Soil fertility management recommendations for sustainable agricultural intensification in West and Central Africa.' The aim of the special program is to enable a wide range of stakeholders to use real-time information towards development outcomes in policy-making and technologies for land management, thus contributing to increased food production and improved natural resource management.  

dates: 7-14 February 2016   location: Ouagadougou, Kadiogo, Burkina Faso  

Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions

This workshop will feature discussions of thematic areas for enhanced synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions on: the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi targets and national biodiversity strategies and action plans; institutional arrangements and coordination mechanisms; information and knowledge management; national reporting, monitoring and indicators; communication and awareness-raising; science-policy interface; capacity building; and resource mobilization and utilization.  

dates: 8-11 February 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

True-Up Period Review for Kyoto Protocol First Commitment Period

During the true-up period review, the expert review teams (ERTs) will assess whether information submitted in true-up reports from Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol is: reported as mandated by the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to Kyoto Protocol (CMP); consistent with information contained in the compilation and accounting database (CAD) and the Party's registry; and free of problems or inconsistencies. The ERT will also assess whether the quantity of Kyoto Protocol units in the temporary certified emission reductions (tCER) and long-term certified emission reductions (lCER) replacement account equals the quantity of tCERs/lCERs in retirement and replacement accounts, and whether aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the first commitment period (CP1) exceed the quantity of Kyoto Protocol units valid for CP1 in the retirement account. The UNFCCC Secretariat is coordinating a comprehensive compliance assessment, of which the true-up period review is one step, on CP1 of the Kyoto Protocol and will publish a final report for each Party which had a CP1 target. During the true-up period, Annex I Parties had 100 days to make up any shortfall in meeting their emission reduction targets in CP1. The true-up period, lasting from 10 August - 18 November 2015, was established by Decision 27/CMP.1, which provides that, for the purpose of fulfilling their Kyoto Protocol emission reduction targets, Annex I Parties can continue to acquire emission reduction units, CERs, assigned amount units (AAUs) and removal units, up to the 100th day after the date set for the completion of the Article 8 expert review process for the last year of the commitment period.  

dates: 8-12 February 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to review the status of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the African Region. Participants will also discuss: tools, strategies and opportunities to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans; strategies for mobilizing additional resources for implementation; and measures to implement the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and potential challenges to the ratification of the Supplementary Protocol.  

dates: 9-12 February 2016   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia  

UNGA Special Thematic Event on IPoA Implementation

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is organizing a special thematic event on ‘Building Synergy and Coherence in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda,' with the participation of Member States, civil society, the private sector and academia. The primary objective of the event is to build common ground on how implementation of the IPoA can be enhanced by building synergies and coherence in the implementation of the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event also aims to discuss how to strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development for enabling half the number of the least developed countries (LDCs) to attain the graduation threshold. Participants will be invited to make specific expressions of support to LDCs.  

date: 11 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum

The sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum, marking the Forum's 10th anniversary, will set the stage for revisiting the Forum's objective and modalities within the context the relationships between smallholder, family farmers and development actors, taking into account the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) new strategic framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also review progress this partnership has made. The Forum will be preceded by a special session on pastoralism on 12 February and followed by side events on 18 February. It will also share its messages with IFAD's Governing Council, which will meet from 17-18 February. The Farmers' Forum, established in 2005, is a bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between smallholder farmers' and rural producers' organizations, IFAD and IFAD member States. The Forum, which aims to strengthen effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and farmers' organizations in country programmes and investment projects, meets every two years in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council.  

dates: 15-16 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. It aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February.  

dates: 15-17 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO Headquarters  

2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU

The 2nd meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Migratory Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will review proposals to amend the MOU, the programme of work, partnerships and national reporting, among other issues. Two additional meetings will be held at the same venue on the margins of MOS2. From 12-13 February, the first meeting of the Advisory Committee to the MOU will be held. On 14 February, an informal, open-ended meeting of the Intersessional Working Group of the MOU, to advance discussions on the draft Rules of Procedure (open to all MOU Signatories) will be held.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   location: San Jose, Costa Rica  

2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency

Expanded constituency workshops (ECW) aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

dates: 16-19 February 2016   location: Gaborone, South-East, Botswana  

39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council

The 39th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet under the theme ‘Inclusive investment - Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda'. The meeting has on its agenda, inter alia: the election of the Governing Council's Bureau; a statement of IFAD's President and general statements; the report of the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD's Resources; consolidated financial statements of IFAD for 2014; IFAD's 2016 results-based programme of work and regular and capital budgets, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD's results-based work programme and budget for 2016 and indicative plan for 2017-2018; the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); emoluments of the President; and an update on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Governance. The IFAD Governing Council, which meets annually, is the Fund's principal Governing Body.  

dates: 17-18 February 2016   venue: IFAD Headquarters, Via Paolo di Dono 44   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa 2016

This symposium will focus on 'fostering African resilience and capacity to adapt,' showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation in African countries that may be useful or implemented in other countries in the continent. It will bring together African and non-African scholars undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in Africa. Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Addis Ababa University, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information Programme are organizing the event.  

dates: 21-23 February 2016   venue: Dejazmach Beyene Merid St   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia  

42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

The 42nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 42), themed '2015 El Niño impacts and lessons learned in the Greater Horn of Africa,' will take place from 22-23 February 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda. GHACOF 42 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including climate scientists, researchers, applications experts from critical socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, decision makers and civil society representatives. Workshops will be held on agriculture and food security, water resources, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and health, among others. During the Forum, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) will officially launch a live web-map to monitor climate and associated hazards in the Greater Horn of Africa region to improve accessibility to climate and hazard data. The Forum will be preceded by a capacity-building workshop for regional climate experts to be held at ICPAC, from 15-20 February 2016.  

dates: 22-23 February 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda  

CGE Regional Training Workshop for Africa on BUR Preparation

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the UNFCCC (CGE) will hold a regional training workshop for the African region on the preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs).  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   location: Lome, Togo  

Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4)

The fourth session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) will, inter alia, review progress on its work programme. It will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first full assessment reports of IPBES on pollination and pollinators associated with food production, and scenarios analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The reports will be considered for adoption and their respective summary for policymakers will be considered for approval.  

dates: 22-28 February 2016   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Africa

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 24-26 February 2016   location: Abuja, Nigeria  

World Wildlife Day 2016

The 2016 World Wildlife Day will convene under the theme, 'The future of wildlife is in our hands,' with the sub-theme, 'The future of elephants is in our hands'.  

date: 3 March 2016   location: worldwide  

12th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund

During its 12th meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board is set to discuss a number of pending issues related to fully operationalizing the Fund, and its policies and procedures. Among other things, the Board intends to consider proposals from entities wishing to be accredited by the Fund. The meeting will take place the week of 7 March 2016, with exact dates to be determined based on the length of the agenda. The Board governs and supervises the GCF based on guidance from the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, including on matters relating to policies, programme priorities and eligibility criteria and matters related thereto.  

dates: 7-11 March 2016 [tentative]     Meeting length TBD   venue: GCF headquarters, 175 Art center-daero, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 22004   location: Republic of Korea   additional: Songdo  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Financing Urban Development

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III. This thematic meeting focuses on financing the New Urban Agenda.  

dates: 9-11 March 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7

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 9 March 2016.  

dates: 10-15 March 2016   location: Amman, Jordan  

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

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  

5th Working Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS)

The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) was established at the first Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) in 2013. Comprised of 27 soil experts representing all the regions of the world, the main function of the ITPS is to provide the GSP with scientific and technical advice and guidance on global soil issues, as well as to respond to specific requests submitted by global or regional institutions. The ITPS also advocates for addressing sustainable soil management within the context of sustainable development.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Africa Regional Workshop on Use of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories

This Africa Regional Workshop on using the 2006 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories will take place in Maseru, Lesotho. The Guidelines provide methodologies for estimating national inventories of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks; were prepared in response to an invitation by the Parties to the UNFCCC; and may help Parties fulfill their commitments under the UNFCCC on reporting on inventories of anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases (GHG) not controlled by the Montreal Protocol.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   location: Maseru, Lesotho  

60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60)

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will discuss the priority theme, ‘Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development,' and will also review the agreed conclusions from CSW 57 on ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls'. The session will include interactive expert panel discussions on the themes, and a Ministerial Segment that will take place from 14-16 March 2016. The CSW Bureau facilitates preparations for the annual session, and is currently composed of officials from Brazil (Chair), Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Germany.  

dates: 14-24 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Middle East

This Middle East regional meeting will discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 20-21 March 2016   venue: Egyptian Civil Aviation Complex, Cairo Airport Road   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt  

International Day of Forests 2016

The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people. It provides a platform to communicate the vital role forests play in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.  

date: 21 March 2016   location: worldwide  

ABNJ Regional Leaders Program

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' is organizing the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions. Selected leaders will participate in the first session of the Preparatory Committee to establish an international binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in ABNJ. Participants will also discuss global and regional ABNJ policy frameworks and processes and issues related to biodiversity conservation and fisheries. Eight leaders will be selected to participate.  

dates: 21 March - 2 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological Day has, since 1961, commemorated the entry into force of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which occurred on 23 March 1950. It also celebrates the important contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society. This year's theme, 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' was chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. It highlights that, without urgent action to cut emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate. A 2016 calendar with the same theme is also available for download, and includes photographs from around the world based on a WMO Facebook competition.  

date: 23 March 2016   venue: WMO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Global Aviation Dialogues: Africa Regional Meeting

This African regional meeting will discuss progress regarding the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) scheme. It is one of several regional meetings forming the second round of Global Aviation Dialogues (GLADs), which will take place during the period from 20 March to 8 April 2016 at five venues across the ICAO regions. GLADs aim to ensure the full engagement of States and other stakeholders on a global MBM scheme for international aviation and to facilitate information exchange. ICAO is developing a global MBM as part of a basket of measures for addressing the contribution of international aviation to climate change.  

dates: 23-24 March 2016   venue: ICAO Western and Central African Office, Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

dates: 28 March - 8 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Third Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The third meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting is one of two meetings the IAEG-SDGs plans to hold in 2016 to continue its work on the development and establishment of a global indicator framework. The meeting objectives are to: agree on a global reporting mechanism; establish a tier system for the indicators and a work plan for the further development of tier III indicators; establish procedures for the methodological review of indicators, including approval mechanisms of needed revisions; review the data availability for tier I and II indicators and develop a plan for increasing data coverage; develop further guidance on data disaggregation; and continue the discussion on interlinkages among targets and goals and the use of multi-purpose indicators. The meeting will be hosted jointly by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. Civil society will be represented at the meeting through approximately 50 representatives selected through a nomination and Steering Committee process. The deadline to apply to attend is 21 February 2016.  

dates: 30 March - 1 April 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnerships

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its annual Forum on Partnerships at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. The Forum brings together a wide range of stakeholders with the aim of creating interactive dialogues to discuss fresh ideas and new ways of thinking on the contribution of partnerships to the selected topic.  

date: 31 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Public Spaces

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain  

37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 37) will focus on the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is intended to lead to adoption of an HFC Amendment to the Protocol at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

dates: 4-8 April 2016   venue: International Conference Centre of Geneva (CICG)   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

GCARD 3 Global Event

The Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) Global Event represents the culmination of a two-year regional and national consultation process, which aims to realign research priorities with countries' development needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium's Strategic Results Framework. The event will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation. The event is expected to result in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind. CGIAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa are hosting the event.  

dates: 5-8 April 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Informal Settlements

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 7-8 April 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa  

43rd Session of the IPCC

The 43rd session will be the first plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during 2016 and will be presided over by the newly-elected IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee.  

dates: 11-13 April 2016   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

First Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council

The first meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council will meet in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 18-21 April 2016   venue: UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

69th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

dates: 18-22 April 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK  

ECOSOC Financing for Development (FfD) Forum - Inaugural Session

The inaugural session of the Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will discuss issues pertaining to the follow-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the implementation of its outcome, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The Forum will consist of up to five days, one of which will be the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as additional institutional and other stakeholders. The intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Forum will be fed into the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The deliberations of ECOSOC's Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will also be taken into account.  

dates: 18-22 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, which will signify an important milestone in achieving goals set in the 2009 policy document ‘Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem'. The policy document sets out goals to be achieved by 2019. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has the primary responsibility for drug control matters under the UN and was tasked with coordinating the preparatory process for the UNGASS. The preparatory process includes substantive consultations with UN entities and agencies, relevant international and regional organizations, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. The UNGASS will consist of a general debate and five interactive, multi-stakeholder roundtables on: demand reduction; supply reduction; human rights, women and children; new challenges; and alternative development.  

dates: 19-21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

High-Level Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement

A high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place as a first step in implementing the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015. The Agreement will then be open for signature in New York, US, until 17 April 2017. Countries will also need to adopt the agreement within their own legal systems, through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. The agreement will enter into force when joined by at least 55 countries, which together represent at least 55% of global emissions. The ceremony is taking place on International Mother Earth Day.  

date: 22 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UNFF AHEG1

The first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to start developing proposals on a range of legal and financing options with regard to forests.  

dates: 25-27 April 2016   location: New York City, US  

CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation

The 20th meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and the first meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Implementation will be held back to back.  

dates: 25 April - 7 May 2016   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID)

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is organizing this conference, which is hosted by the Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), on the theme, 'Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability'. The conference will focus on boosting agricultural productivity in Africa, based on irrigation and drainage. Keynote speeches will address: the farm and science interface under climate change; improving agricultural water management in Africa; and Water-Food-Energy nexus challenges at the farm. The conference, which takes place in Aswan City, Egypt, comprises technical sessions, an exhibition and book fair, and a one-day post-conference study tour.  

dates: 26-28 April 2016   venue: Pyramisa Hotel & Resorts   location: Egypt   additional: Aswan City  

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2016

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is expected to hold this segment on the theme ‘Implementing the 2030 Agenda through Policy innovation and integration'. A summary from this segment will be submitted to the ECOSOC High-level Segment and HLPF.  

dates: 2-4 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together around the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution.' The session will address: 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  

44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 44th 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  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for the 2016 Day, to be celebrated globally, will be 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and their Livelihoods'.  

date: 22 May 2016   location: worldwide  

World Humanitarian Summit

The 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: 23-24 May 2016   location: Istanbul, Turkey  

2016 AFDB Annual Meetings

The 2016 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) will convene under the theme 'Energy and Climate Change,' which draws on one of the Bank's 'High 5' priority areas, namely to 'Light up and Power Africa,' and reflects the Bank's New Deal on Energy and decisions emanating from the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. The Bank's Annual Meetings are its largest annual event, bringing together approximately 5,000 participants, and featuring around 40 official events in addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors. The Meetings enable representatives of government, business, civil society and media to discuss the social and economic development of Africa.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: Mulungushi International Conference Centre   location: Lusaka, Zambia  

Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) will convene from 23 to 27 May. The Resumed Review Conference is mandated to assess the effectiveness of the agreement and the adequacy of its provisions and, if necessary, to propose means of strengthening the substance and methods of implementation of those provisions. The first Review Conference took place in 2006, followed by a resumed Review Conference in 2010.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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.  

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

Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action

This high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) will: assess the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) by the least developed countries (LDCs) and their development partners; share best practices and lessons learned; and identify obstacles, constraints and actions and initiatives needed to overcome them; and address new challenges and emerging issues. The review will reaffirm the commitment to addressing the special needs of the LDCs and to further strengthen the global partnership for LDC development in IPoA priority areas. The review is expected to result in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome, in the form of a political declaration.  

dates: 27-29 May 2016   location: Antalya, Turkey  

Tenth Meeting of Open-ended Working Group of Basel Convention (OEWG 10)

The tenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 10) will consider issues in advance of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13), including: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the programme of work and budget. OEWG 10 is to consider revision of the technical guidelines on e-waste adopted by COP 12 on an interim basis.  

dates: 30 May - 2 June 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Lomé Conference

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union of Maritime Security and Development in Africa will take place in 2016 in Lomé, Togo. At the Lomé Conference, Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet with experts and leaders from the business world in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa, including an African strategy for protecting its oceans and seas that provides peace, security and stability. Delegates will discuss maritime strategy within the context of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIMS Strategy), including an implementation plan and roadmap for promoting a secure and sustainable blue economy. Participants will also address: maritime insecurity marked by acts of assault and piracy; illicit trafficking at sea; regional and international cooperation to safeguard marine safety; illegal fishing; and preservation of marine life. The Summit will build on the results of summits in 2013 and 2015, and aims to make maritime space the key driver of Africa's sustainable economic and social development.  

date: 1 June 2016 [tentative]   location: Lome, Togo  

UNFF AHEG2

The second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to develop proposals on a range of legal and financing options with regard to forests.  

date: 1 June 2016   location: New York City, US  

Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7)

Energy ministers from the Clean Energy Ministerial's 24 participating governments will gather for CEM7, hosted by the United States in June 2016, to fully implement the CEM 2.0 vision of a more ambitious and effective CEM ready to respond to climate and clean energy challenges. Ministers will assess progress to date and launch new campaigns and efforts to drive progress in priority, high impact areas. As an implementation forum, the CEM will play a critical role in the Road from Paris to help countries deliver on their respective national clean energy goals and to build confidence and the capacity to increase ambition over time.  

dates: 1-2 June 2016   location: San Francisco, CA, US   additional: California  

World Environment Day 2016

The 2016 World Environment Day will convene under the theme, 'Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care'. The Day will be dedicated to the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife.  

date: 5 June 2016   location: worldwide  

ECOSOC Multi-stakeholder Forum on STI - Inaugural Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold the inaugural session of the Multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI), part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) agreed in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on Financing for Development (FfD). The Forum, also referred to as the Annual Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, is mandated to facilitate interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships, within and beyond the UN. ECOSOC President Oh Joon announced the tentative dates of the first Forum in a briefing on 20 January 2016.  

dates: 6-7 June 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

50th Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 6 June by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 9 June the Council will convene as the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.  

dates: 6-9 June 2016   location: Washington D.C., US  

17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 13-17 June. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

dates: 13-17 June 2016   location: New York City, US  

Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

dates: 6-8 July 2016   venue: Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, Langer Grabenweg 68   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is scheduled to take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

dates: 11-15 July 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016)

The Fourth High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place on 11-15 July 2016, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 18-20 July 2016.  

dates: 11-20 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Fourteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14)

The 14th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) will discuss the most appropriate means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda, and will decide on UNCTAD's programme of work. The week-long meeting will bring together Heads of State and Government, Ministers and other prominent representatives of business, civil society and academia to tackle global trade and economic development issues. The session will include ministerial debates, high-level round tables, thematic events, a World Investment Forum and a Civil Society Forum. The UNCTAD global conference takes place once every four years. UNCTAD is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Twitter: #UNCTAD14.  

dates: 17-22 July 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2016

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level segment will be held on the theme 'Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results'. The segment will include the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Council, and the biennial Development Cooperation Forum (DCF).  

dates: 18-22 July 2016   location: New York City, US  

OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol

The 38th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These two meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016. The OEWG and ExMOP will be preceded by the 56th Meeting of the Implementation Committee (ImpCom 56) on 16 July, which will review compliance with Protocol obligations, and on 17 July by a meeting of the Bureau and coordination meetings of the regional groups.  

dates: 18-23 July 2016   location: TBA  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 3

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meeting (CMM) will review the reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies, including reports of Functional Commissions, the Regional Commissions, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and expert and ad hoc bodies. The CMM also carries out system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, as well as considering special country situations or regional issues, according to its agenda.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Habitat III PrepCom

The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) will hold its third of three meetings in advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), in Jakarta, Indonesia. Participants will discuss a New Urban Agenda that will focus on policies and strategies to harness urbanization.  

dates: 25-27 July 2016   location: Jakarta, Indonesia  

Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment

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

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

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

dates: 29 August - 12 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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

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

dates: 12-16 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

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  

High-Level Meeting of UNGA Plenary on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants, on 19 September 2016, immediately prior to the general debate of the 71st session, which is scheduled to begin on 20 September. Per the UNGA resolution adopted on 22 December 2015 (A/70/L.34), the meeting will be convened within existing resources. The UNGA also requests the President to finalize organizational arrangrnents for the meeting, including on a possible outcome, "through open, transparent and inclusive consultations with Member States".  

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

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

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

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

CITES CoP17

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

dates: 24 September - 5 October 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa  

Mayors' Summit

This event will bring together mayors from around the world to promote more environmentally-sound and fair food systems in urban areas. This gathering of mayors will include mayors of cities that are signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, which aims to achieve healthy food for all, promote sustainability in the food system, educate the public about healthy eating and reduce waste. As of November 2015, 116 cities have signed the pact. While FAO offered to host the first gathering, beginning in 2017, Mayors' gatherings are expected to be hosted by signatory cities to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact on a rotational basis.  

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

39th Session of the ICAO Assembly

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

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

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

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

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

Habitat III

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  

IWC66

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

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

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

dates: 24-27 October 2016   location: Washington D.C., US  

70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK  

Second World Irrigation Forum

The Second World Irrigation Forum (WIF2) is organized under the theme, 'Water Management in a Changing World: Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production'. The meeting will discuss: how actors are balancing the demands of maintaining water supply, producing food, generating energy and protecting ecology; managing climatic extremes, especially floods and droughts; and "smart actions" for alleviating hunger and poverty through irrigation and drainage. WIF is a multi-stakeholder forum focusing on water management in agriculture that takes place every three years. WIF2 is organized by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) and hosted by the Thai National of ICID (THAICID). Abstracts of proposed papers may be submitted by 28 February 2016.  

dates: 6-12 November 2016   venue: Chiangmai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Chang Phuak subdistrict, Mueang district, Chiangmai   location: Chiang Mai, Thailand  

52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees

The 52nd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will be held in November 2016 to address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.  

dates: 7-12 November 2016   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan  

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is 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  

CMS StC45

The 45th meeting of the Standing Committee (StC45) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place from 9-10 November 2016.  

dates: 9-10 November 2016   venue: UNEP/CMS Secretariat premises, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible for supervising the IMO's work. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Council also: coordinates the activities of the IMO's organs; considers the draft work programme and budget estimates of the IMO and submits them to the Assembly; receives reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submits, with comments and recommendations; appoints the IMO Secretary-General, subject to the Assembly's approval; and enters into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the IMO with other organizations.  

dates: 5-9 December 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK  

CGRFA 16

The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

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

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

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

UNFCCC COP 23

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will will meet in Asia at a location to be determined.  

dates: 6-17 November 2017   location: TBA  

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

XXVII International Primatological Society Congress

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

date: 1 August 2018 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

UNFCCC COP 24

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

dates: 5-16 November 2018   location: TBA  

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

UNFCCC COP 25

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

dates: 11-22 November 2019   location: TBA