Upcoming Events

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions

The seventh and eighth sessions of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place back-to-back from 20-31 July 2015. The sessions are both scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-31 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

2nd Africa Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference 2015 (EBAFOSC 2)

Taking place under the theme, 'Re-imagining Africa's Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate,' this conference will convene a number of round-tables, discussions and plenary sessions to discuss how ecosystem based adaptation (EBA) can be used to improve food security across the continent. Sessions will address: building scalable and inclusive business models for EBA-driven agriculture; innovative financing models for EBA-driven agriculture; the role of youth, women, and information technology in EBA-driven agriculture; the roles of education, the private sector and South-South cooperation in advancing EBA; innovations to reduce post-harvest food loss; and climate change and resilience through EBA as well as policy frameworks and implementation.  

dates: 30-31 July 2015   venue: UN Complex   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

2nd Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference (AFSAC2)

This conference will convene under the theme ‘Africa's Soil the New Frontier: Re-imagining Africa Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate'. The conference will explore how to sustainably tap into soil, one of Africa's key resources, in order to enhance food security and climate change resilience, while creating new employment opportunities for the continent's increasing youth population. Specific sessions will address a range of strategies to promote and transform ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) driven agriculture in Africa, including how to: build scalable and inclusive business models; tap into innovative financing; involve women and youth more effectively; harness education, information and communication technology, and data; scale up EBA extension and knowledge services; incentivize private sector involvement; and contribute to increased South-South cooperation and capacity building. Building on the thematic discussions, the conference will focus on how to maximize policy frameworks and develop an action plan for implementing and scaling up EBA approaches and agro-value chains across Africa. The conference is co-organized by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with a range of partners from UN Agencies, international research and policy organizations, civil society networks and the private sector.  

dates: 30-31 July 2015   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Africa Weeks for the Animals

The 6th Annual Africa Weeks for the Animals celebrates African animals by highlighting through various events wildlife, citizens, advocates, and organizations involved in the conservation and protection of African wildlife.  

dates: 1-16 August 2015   location: TBA   additional: Across Africa  

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

The UN organizes International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples annually. The theme of the 2015 event is, 'Indigenous Peoples as Custodians of the Land and its Ecosystems'.  

date: 9 August 2015   location: US (worldwide)  

African Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing a capacity-building workshop for the African region on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). The workshop aims to strengthen the use of NAMAs as a tool for pre-2020 and post-2020 climate change action. Regional mitigation experts from international organizations and the private sector will present on designing and implementing NAMAs, as well as support programmes, and participants will share experiences, lessons learned and best practices. Discussions will focus on challenges and issues faced, financial engineering and investment strategies for leveraging multi-source financing, measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), sustainable development co-benefits, and the NAMA Registry.  

dates: 17-19 August 2015   location: Kigali, Rwanda  

World Water Week 2015

World Water Week 2015 will meet under the theme ‘Water for Development,' with experts, practitioners, decision makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries coming together to network, exchange ideas, stimulate innovative thinking and develop solutions to water-related challenges. The Week will include 160 events and eight workshops to discuss issues related to financing, the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), integrity, gender, climate change, energy, sanitation, food, conflict resolution and water management. World Water Week in Stockholm is an annual event that focuses on current global water issues, and is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). 2015 is the jubilee year for both the Week and the Stockholm Water Prize.  

dates: 23-28 August 2015   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden  

South Takes Action: 2015 Climate South Initiative: Challenges and Solutions

This conference will facilitate South-led initiatives on climate change, connecting government, business, civil society and social enterprise leaders from the global South for "a different kind of debate on climate - a debate led by the South, for the benefit of the whole world". The Climate South Initiatives hopes to give voice to those not typically heard at climate change conferences, to engage youth in the process, and to encourage collaboration on solutions, rather than negotiation. Developing and emerging economies will share their knowledge and expertise, focusing on areas for South-South cooperation. The expected outcome is a declaration outlining the joint measures that will support climate change leadership in the global South; the document will also give input to the climate change negotiations planned for November/December 2015 in Paris, France.  

date: 29 August 2015   venue: Stade de l'Amitié Sino-Gabonaise, Angondjé (Suburb of Libreville)   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon  

CITES AC28

The 28th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES AC28) will convene in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a view to developing recommendations for CITES CoP 17.  

dates: 30 August - 3 September 2015   location: Tel Aviv, Israel  

ADP 2-10

As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the tenth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 31 August - 4 September 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Africa Climate Talks: East/Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean SIDS

Under the theme, 'Democratizing Global Climate Change Governance and Building an African Consensus toward COP 21 and Beyond,' the Africa Climate Talks (ACT!) are being organized by the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. This series of interconnected sub-regional and Africa-wide events will contribute to Africa's preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, engaging Africans from all walks of life. ACT! aims to raise public awareness of climate change, hear perspectives of linkages between climate change issues and Africa's development, and consider the potential implications of COP 21 outcomes for Africa. ACT! for the East and Southern Africa regions and the Indian Ocean small island developing States (SIDS) will take place in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on 3-5 September 2015. ClimDev-Africa is a joint Programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

dates: 3-5 September 2015   location: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania  

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress

The 2015 World Forestry Congress, the first to be held in Africa, will come together under the theme, ‘Forests and People – Investing in a sustainable future'. The Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the government of South Africa, will consider how forests can be mainstreamed into global discussions on sustainable development and will facilitate the development of partnerships to address global forestry issues.  

dates: 7-11 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  

International Forests and Water Dialogue

At the margins of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), this dialogue will convene under the theme, 'Forests USE water! And forest ecosystems PROVIDE water!' and focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other forest ecosystem services. In addition, a five-year action plan will be launched to support and increase coordinated international and national action on forest-water linkages in science, policy, economics and forest practices. Participants will be able to actively contribute to the debate and to the five-year plan. The dialogue will be hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is calling for abstracts, videos and posters.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  

Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance

The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF), established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, is mandated with improving coherence and coordination in the delivery of climate change financing, rationalizing the financial mechanism, mobilizing financial resources, and measuring, reporting and verifying (MRV) of support provided to developing country parties. After establishing the SCF, the COP requested that it organize a forum for the communication and continued exchange of information among bodies and entities dealing with climate change finance, in order to promote linkages and coherence. The third SCF Forum will focus on issues related to finance for forests and will be held in conjunction with the Fourteenth World Forestry Congress, in partnership with FAO. The SCF has also been addressing coherence and coordination in forests-related financing during its regular Committee meetings.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  

Wildlife Forum

This one-day Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) during the World Forestry Congress (WFC), will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, highlighting the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous peoples, local communities and the private sector in addressing poverty alleviation and livelihood security issues while protecting wildlife.  

date: 9 September 2015   location: Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa  

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015

The International Day of South-South Cooperation commemorates the adoption of the 1978 Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. The annual day also aims to raise awareness on South-South cooperation as an important element for development that offers opportunities for developing countries and countries with economies in transition to pursue sustainable development and economic growth.  

date: 12 September 2015   location: worldwide  

CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 is expected to: identify a small set of measurable potential indicators to monitor global progress towards achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and prepare guidance on the different types of indicators and approaches used to monitor progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity at regional, national and sub-national levels.  

dates: 14-17 September 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Opening of the 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. On 25 September 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis will address the UNGA, and from 25-27 September the Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda will convene. The General Debate of the 70th Session of the UNGA will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015.  

date: 15 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly

His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 25 September 2015     9:00 am   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The Summit will take place on 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly, per Resolution 69/244 of December 2014. In February 2015, UNGA President Sam Kutesa proposed adjusting the beginning of the Summit to 11:00 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis at 9:00 am.  

dates: 25-27 September 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

CGE Training Workshop for the Africa Region on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) is organizing this hands-on training workshop for the African region on vulnerability and adaptation assessment from 28 September - 2 October 2015.  

dates: 28 September - 2 October 2015   location: Marrakech {greater region}, Morocco  

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

The General Debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015. It will follow the 15 September 2015 Opening of the 70th Session of the General Assembly, 25 September 2015 visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, and the 25-27 September 2015 Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  

dates: 28 September - 6 October 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Africa Climate Talks: West/Central/North Africa and West African SIDS

Under the theme, 'Democratizing Global Climate Change Governance and Building an African Consensus toward COP 21 and Beyond,' the Africa Climate Talks (ACT!) are being organized by the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. This series of interconnected sub-regional and Africa-wide events will contribute to Africa's preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, engaging Africans from all walks of life. ACT! aims to raise public awareness of climate change, hear perspectives of linkages between climate change issues and Africa's development, and consider the potential implications of COP 21 outcomes for Africa. ACT! for the West, Central and North Africa regions and the West African small island developing States (SIDS) will take place in Dakar, Senegal, on 1-3 October 2015. ClimDev-Africa is a joint Programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

dates: 1-3 October 2015   location: Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal  

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  

42nd Session of the IPCC

The 42nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 42) is expected to convene in October 2015.  

dates: 5-8 October 2015   location: Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, Croatia  

CMS Raptors MoU MoS2

Under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Coordinating Unit of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) will host the Second Meeting of Signatories (MoS2) to the Raptors MoU, with support from the Norwegian Environment Agency.  

dates: 5-8 October 2015   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway  

ITPGR Governing Body 6

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the sixth session of the Governing Body (GB) will be preceded by two days of regional consultations. The session will address a series of items related to the operations of the Treaty's Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, as well as farmers' rights and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.  

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Eye on Earth Summit 2015

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

dates: 6-8 October 2015   venue: St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  

26th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

The Adaptation Fund Board supervises and manages the Adaptation Fund under the authority and guidance of the countries that are parties to the Kyoto Protocol.  

dates: 6-9 October 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

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 (IMF) will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

dates: 9-11 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru  

UNCCD COP 12

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place over two weeks in Ankara, Turkey. As the Convention's primary decision-making body, the COP will meet to discuss and make decisions regarding the Convention's implementation.  

dates: 12-23 October 2015   venue: Congresium Ankara - Ato International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Söğütözü Caddesi No:1/A, 06510 Çankaya   location: Ankara, Turkey  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation with civil society organizations will be held on 19 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 49th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 19 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

ADP 2-11

As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will hold the eleventh part of its second session in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

CITES PC22

The 22nd meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES PC22) will be held for the last time before the seventeenth meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties (CITES COP17) in Tbilisi, Georgia.  

dates: 19-23 October 2015   location: Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia  

Eleventh Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 11)

The eleventh meeting of the Stockholm Convention's Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC11) will review possible listing under the Convention for short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), dicofol and decaBDE, and may consider the issue of including HCBD in Annex C of the Convention.  

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

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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

19th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council

The 19th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) Council will be held on 22 October 2015, in Washington D.C., US, in parallel with the 49th Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council Meeting, taking place from 20-22 October at the same location.  

date: 22 October 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

IAEG-SDGs - Second Meeting

The second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is tentatively set for 26-28 October 2015, as discussed in the Group's first meeting in June 2015.  

dates: 26-28 October 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development

At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  

dates: 26-30 October 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 27) to the Montreal Protocol will convene from 1-5 November 2015.  

dates: 1-5 November 2015   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

CBD 19th Meeting of SBSTTA and 9th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention

The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19) and the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back.  

dates: 1-7 November 2015   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 2

This is the second of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will discuss interlinkages among issues. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 2-3 November 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to AEWA

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) is an intergovernmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland and the Canadian Archipelago. The 6th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement (AEWA MOP6) will, inter alia, review national reports on the implementation of the Convention.  

dates: 9-14 November 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Clean Cooking Forum 2015

The 2015 Biennial Clean Cooking Forum is a major event that convenes the global clean cooking sector to share knowledge, best practices and scalable solutions. The four-day conference presents practitioners and stakeholders the opportunity to come together to exchange lessons and experiences, and to work towards gaining the capacity and resources necessary to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions. Topics will include: building consumer confidence; applications for mobile technology; consumer finance; cross-sector integration; refugee and other humanitarian needs; and performance evaluation.  

dates: 10-13 November 2015   location: Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana  

51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council

The meeting of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) will consider recommendations for tropical forest-related policies and approve financing for field-level projects. The ITTC serves as the governing body for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

dates: 16-21 November 2015   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

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  

Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources. Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

date: 4 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

World Soil Day 2015

The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared the 5th of December as World Soil Day. World Soil Day 2015 will focus on the theme 'Soils, a solid ground for life'.  

date: 5 December 2015   location: worldwide  

Global Landscapes Forum 2015

The third annual Global Landscapes Forum will take place on 6 December 2015, in Paris, France, conciding with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A successor to past Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days, the Forum focuses on land use as a key sector for achieving global climate and sustainability goals, and brings together stakeholders from different land-use sectors. In previous years, Global Landscapes Forum coordinating partners have included the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).  

dates: 5-6 December 2015   venue: Palais des Congrès   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

International Mountain Day

The Day is meant to provide opportunities to raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands globally.  

date: 11 December 2015   location: worldwide  

Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference

The Ministerial Conference is the top-most decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.  

dates: 15-18 December 2015   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

CITES SC66

The 66th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) will meet in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 11-15 January 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

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 2016   location: Tanzania  

Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy 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. 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  

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 6 March 2016.  

dates: 7-11 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  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 3

This is the last of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. The retreat will discuss findings and conclusions related to the areas discussed during the dialogue's process, namely: functions, funding, governance, capacity and impact of the UN development system, partnership approaches and organizational arrangements. The dialogue seeks to inform the outcome of the next UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) - the mechanism through which the UNGA assesses the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and impact of the UN Development system. Based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, it needs to take into account the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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

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

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

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 to discuss: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.  

dates: 9-20 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US  

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: 16-26 May 2016   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 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  

World Humanitarian Summit

Th UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is organising the summit, which aims to set a new agenda for global humanitarian action, focusing on humanitarian effectiveness, reducing vulnerability and managing risk, transformation through innovation, and serving the needs of people in conflict. The summit, the first UN conference of its kind, will bring together the humanitarian community with other actors from the development, peace-building and peacekeeping spheres to work toward a coherent approach in the way humanitarian aid is delivered. Heads of State and Government, and representatives of civil society, the private sector, crisis-affected communities and multilateral organisations will attend the Summit. Preparations are taking place via one global and seven regional meetings, online consultations, and a September 2015 thematic meeting in Berlin, Germany. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is establishing a High-level Panel on Humanitarian Financing to provide recommendations that will help to frame the Summit discussions.  

dates: 26-27 May 2016   location: Istanbul, Turkey  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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