Upcoming Events

Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with World Bank, IMF, WTO and UNCTAD

A special high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with the Bretton Woods institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will take place pursuant to ECOSOC resolution 2014/11, with the overall theme of 'Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda'. The meeting will provide UN Member States and major institutional stakeholders with the opportunity to discuss key deliverables for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) and the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 20-21 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14)

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will follow up on the outcome of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) and discuss the post-2015 development agenda. The 14th session will include discussions on youth self-harm and suicide, indigenous issues in the Pacific region, and the possibility of an optional protocol to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Other issues to be addressed include implementation of UNDRIP, and the future work of the PFII.  

dates: 20 April - 1 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters, New York City   location: New York City, US  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session

The fourth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 21-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 21-24 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

World Green Economy Summit 2015

The second edition of the World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will take place from 22-23 April in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). An initiative of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), WGES 2015 aims to: develop the WGES Public-Private Partnership and Green Economy Marketplace Platform initiatives; follow up on commitments made at WGES 2014 through the Dubai Declaration; position WGES as the premier international platform for the green economy and Dubai as the 'capital of the green economy'; and create strong linkages to the UN climate agreement 2015 through the Road to Paris initiative and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Taking place under the theme 'The Global Green Economy,' WGES 2015 is aimed at a multi-takeholder audience, and will feature plenary sessions, roundtables, workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibition. The 16th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX), will be held in parallel with WGES 2015, from 21-23 April, at the same venue.  

dates: 22-23 April 2015   venue: Dubai World Trade Centre, Al Maktoum Hall   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

Public Event on World Happiness Report 2015

The three co-editors of the World Happiness Report – Jeffrey Sachs, Richard Layard, and John Helliwell – will hold a public event to discuss the third World Happiness Report's findings and future directions, on 24 April 2015, in New York, US. The World Happiness Report 2015, which will be launched on 23 April 2015, analyzes what makes people happy, provides an overview of the state of happiness around the world, and offers advice for policy makers. The Report has updated global rankings of the happiest countries, and finds that the key components to a happy life are income, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption, social support, and generosity. The World Happiness Report 2015 builds on the first two reports, published in 2012 and in 2013.  

date: 24 April 2015     7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)   venue: New York Society for Ethical Culture   location: New York City, US  

Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity

The Tropical Landscapes Summit aims to affirm and promote existing commitments that exist across various sectors and to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that exist in enhancing green investment in Indonesia beyond a critical threshold. The Summit will aim to enable and generate space for key business sector leaders to explore and engage in opportunities presented by the "Indonesian Green Economy Transition," and is expected to offer real and tangible inputs to policy makers. Plenaries will focus on, inter alia, biodiversity, forests, renewable energy, climate change, sustainable cities, food security, youth, financing for development, as well as public-private partnerships. The summit is co-hosted by the Government of Indonesia and UN System.  

dates: 27-28 April 2015   venue: Shangri La Hotel - Jakarta, Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No.Kav 1, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, 10220   location: Jakarta, Indonesia  

Civil Society Hearing on the Longer-term Positioning of the UN Development System

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), pursuant to its resolution 2014/14, will convene a civil society hearing on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. A Steering Committee will be established to arrange participation of stakeholders in the hearing, with applications to the Steering Committee accepted 11-20 March 2015.  

date: 28 April 2015     3-6 pm   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 3   location: New York City, US  

WIPO-ESCAP Regional Meeting on Partnership for Innovation and Technological Capacity-building in LDCs

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) are jointly organizing this forum on the theme, 'Towards Sustainable Development: Partnerships for Innovation and Technological Capacity Building in the Least Developed Countries of Asia and the Pacific Region'. Participants from government, business and industry, academia, and research and development institutions will discuss ways to develop the capacity of LDCs in the area of science, innovation and technology, and the applications for national sustainable development. The agenda includes discussion of national experiences and consideration of a proposed multi-year cooperation framework for partnership.  

dates: 28-29 April 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre, United Nations Building Rajdamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, this consultation will provide an opportunity for members and associate members of ESCAP and other stakeholders (private sector, academia and civil society organizations) to both reevaluate the role of traditional sources of finance and explore innovative instruments and tools to fund investments in the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Topics to be discussed include: financing in a changing development landscape; domestic resource mobilization for social sector financing; finance for sustainable cities, technology and small entrepreneurs; infrastructure financing; climate finance; financing development gaps in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and regional financial cooperation. The outcome document of the consultation, the Jakarta Consensus, will contain discussions and recommendations related to the mobilization and effective use of financial resources in Asia and the Pacific. It will constitute the Asia-Pacific region's input to preparations and outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) in Addis Ababa in July 2015. It will also contribute to the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015, as well as the Paris Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21) in December 2015.  

dates: 29-30 April 2015   location: Jakarta, Indonesia  

Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

From 1 May-31 October 2015, Expo 2015 will be held on the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It is organized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is the body responsible for overseeing and regulating issues relating to the organization of World and International Expos. Recognizing the role of food and nutrition in achieving sustainable development, the event will focus on a variety of related themes, including improving food quality and security, ensuring healthy and high-quality nutrition for humans, and promoting innovation in research, technology, and business practices.  

date: 1 May 2015   venue: Expo - Milano 2015   location: Milan, Italy  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this High-level Thematic Debate on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations. Organizational arrangements were updated in a 2 December 2014 note of the President: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/12/021214_hl-thematic-debates.pdf. The concept note is available at: http://www.un.org/pga/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/03/HLTD-on-Strengthening-Cooperation-between-the-UN-and-regional-and-sub-regional-Org.-24-February-2015.pdf  

date: 4 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7

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

dates: 4-15 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

UN Forum on Forests Eleventh Session (UNFF11)

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

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

ESCWA Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD)

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with the League of Arab States (LAS), this meeting seeks to support Arab regional preparations for the third session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), to be held in New York in June-July 2015. It also aims to contribute to the elaboration of the regional input to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), which will be held in Addis Ababa in July 2015. The Forum will take stock of, exchange views and harmonize regional positions on the progress of negotiations relating to the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and will discuss developments in the drafting of the outcome document of the FfD 3. In particular, the Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder platform for: exchanging perspectives regarding the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the SDGs; reviewing status and trends of sustainable development in the Arab Region over the past two decades; developing a comprehensive regional approach to the mobilization of financial resources to achieve sustainable development in the region; gathering inputs on means of building effective institutions for sustainable development at the national and regional levels, and developing strategic development planning systems that mainstream sustainable development; and identifying means for advancing implementation of the SDGs in the region and building national capacities in monitoring and evaluation.  

dates: 5-7 May 2015   location: Bahrain  

Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum

The Sixth Asia Pacific Urban Forum is organised on the theme of 'Sustainable Urban Development in Asia-Pacific: Towards a New Urban Agenda'. The meeting will discuss priority areas to be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda, and will provide recommendations to the High-level Regional Preparatory Meeting for Habitat III for Asia Pacific that will take place subsequently in Indonesia in May 2015. The Fifth Asia Pacific Urban Forum previously took place in Bangkok, Thailand, on the theme of 'Cities of opportunity: Partnerships for an inclusive and sustainable future'.  

dates: 6-8 May 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Conference Centre, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Transportation for Sustainability: An International Conference

This meeting, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academies, will bring together representatives from government, the private sector, academia, business and non-profit organizations to examine and promote holistic sustainability approaches to transportation, combining all pillars of sustainable development and addressing present and future needs. The meeting will also stimulate debate on how to realize this view in practice and in research; and examine ways to institutionalize sustainable practices globally. The agenda will include technical discussions on sustainability concepts, tools and practices and plenary sessions. Specific issues the conference will address include: international and cross-border challenges and initiatives related to incorporating sustainability into transportation, including sustainability issues in air travel and marine travel; policies, programmes, projects and institutional approaches; case studies, including national, state and local sustainability strategies and policies; and assessment, monitoring and evaluation.  

dates: 7-8 May 2015   venue: Keck Center of the National Academies   location: Washington D.C., US  

Employment Working Group Meeting

The second Employment Working Group meeting under Turkey's Group of 20 (G20) Presidency will take place on 7-9 May 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. The issue of employment falls under the first pillar of the Turkish Presidency, 'Strengthening the Global Recovery and Lifting the Potential'. Turkey has chosen to focus on understanding the factors behind the "jobless growth phenomenon," discussing labor income as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) and creating better quality jobs. The Presidency is also guided by the "three I's": Inclusiveness, Implementation and Investment for growth. Under inclusiveness, Turkey wants to ensure that the benefits of growth and prosperity are shared by all segments of the society, focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), gender equality and youth unemployment. Further, according to Turkey's Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, implementation will focus on the Brisbane Action Plan and the 1,000 commitments that, if fully implemented, will generate millions of additional jobs by 2018.  

dates: 7-9 May 2015   location: Istanbul, Turkey  

Science Fair at the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

This science fair will convene in parallel with a segment of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, which will address the theme 'From Science to action, working for a safer tomorrow'. Closely reflecting this theme, the science fair aims to: increase understanding of the scientific basis of the three conventions; clarify the scientific processes established under the conventions for their effective implementation; and increase awareness and understanding of the in-depth scientific considerations relating to decision-making under the three conventions.  

dates: 7-9 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

UN Economic Commission for Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development is expected to take place in mid-May 2015.  

date: 12 May 2015 [tentative]   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia  

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

This is the third of seven workshops organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will focus on governance and discuss key governance challenges. 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.  

date: 13 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development

Jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and other civil society organizations, this Forum will serve as a preparatory meeting for key regional events organized in relation to the post-2015 development agenda, such as the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development taking place on 21-22 May 2015, also in Bangkok. The Civil Society Forum seeks to: inform and build the capacity of civil society participants to engage in sustainable development processes at global and regional levels; influence decision-making processes by preparing strategies for engaging in upcoming regional events; agree on joint actions and follow-up to civil society positions adopted; strengthen the outreach and effectiveness of Asia-Pacific civil society organization (CSO) engagement mechanisms; and elect two alternate UNEP Asia-Pacific CSO representatives. Online consultations to inform background materials for the Forum are taking place on topics such as: translating general development goals to practical policies at home; development justice; and civil society's views on the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). These online consultations are available at: https://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/470371.  

dates: 16-18 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum

The second annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum will continue the momentum from the launch of the UN Decade of SE4ALL (2014-2024) at the first annual Forum, which took place in June 2014. The Forums were envisioned as annual events that will provide benchmarks for progress during the Decade. UN Member States will use the global platform as an opportunity to "take stock and push forward". The event is expected to include governments, civil society and the initiative's partner organizations, who will present their work, form partnerships and commit to further action. The Forum will also facilitate coordinating input from SE4ALL to other processes, such as climate change negotiations and the post-2015 development agenda. The SE4ALL initiative aims, by 2030, to ensure universal energy access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.  

dates: 17-22 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session

The fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 18-22 May 2015. This session is expected to focus on follow-up and review.  

dates: 18-22 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Second Gathering of the Road to Paris Partners

As part of Climate Week Paris 2015, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) will gather for their second meeting as partners of the Road to Paris initiative. A high-level session will take place the following morning, on 20 May 2015. In support of a transition to a low-carbon economy, the Road to Paris initiative aims to create business-oriented technology roadmaps, analyze barriers, identify financial and political solutions, as well as public-private partnership (PPP) opportunities, and strengthen business and government dialogue to create enabling frameworks for investment in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference and beyond.  

date: 19 May 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

First Forum of Ministers and Environmental Authorities of Asia Pacific

This Ministerial Forum will provide a platform for Ministers to discuss issues of strategic importance for Asia and the Pacific, including the post-2015 development agenda and environmental components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the region's environment outlook and emerging priorities, and pressing health and environment challenges. The Forum will also guide the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on regional implementation of the resolutions and decisions of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 1), and help identify the region's inputs to the next UNEA and UNEP's medium-term strategy for 2018-2021. Environment Ministers, Environment Authorities, key intergovernmental organizations, UN organizations and UNEP's strategic partners, and major group stakeholders are expected to attend the event. The Forum will convene back-to-back with the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 21-22 May 2015.  

dates: 19-20 May 2015   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

World Education Forum

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'. WEF aims to: assess achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals during the period 2000-2015; agree on a joint position for the education goals and targets in the post-2015 development agenda; and agree on a comprehensive Framework for Action to guide and support the implementation of the future education agenda. It will address five key themes: right to education; equity; inclusion; quality education; and lifelong learning. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is convening the Forum in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women and the World Bank.  

dates: 19-22 May 2015   venue: Songdo Convensia, 123 Central-Ro, Yeonsu-Gu, 406-840, Incheon, Republic of Korea   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea  

Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs

Three international organisations are jointly convening this conference: the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI); the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The conference will bring together representatives from the private and public sector, civil society and academia to discuss the role of business in the Asia-Pacific region in achieving sustainable development. Participants will discuss ways to align business sustainability strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and showcase examples of sustainable business practice from the region. The outcome of discussions will feed into ESCAP's Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), to be held in Bangkok from 21-22 May 2015, and the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) in July 2015.  

date: 20 May 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold its Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2015), which also serves as the regional forum for sustainable development (RFSD). The meeting will solicit Asia-Pacific regional input to the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) session to be held in June and July 2015 in New York. The theme of APFSD 2015 will be in line with the theme of HLPF 2015 on “strengthening integration, implementation and review – HLPF after 2015”. Participants of APFSD 2015 will include representatives from governments, Major Groups, and international organizations.  

dates: 21-22 May 2015   venue: Bangkok UN Conference Centre   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015

The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for the 2015 Day will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development' to reflect the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the UN post-2015 development agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development. The selection of the theme also underlines the adoption of the Gangwon Declaration at the High-level Segment of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  

date: 22 May 2015   location: worldwide  

Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting

The second meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group under the Group of 20 (G20) Turkish Presidency will take place 25-26 May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. In relation to energy sustainability during its 2015 Presidency, Turkey is focusing on: access to reliable energy; energy investments; the reasons behind the high costs of renewable energy investment; deploying public and private resources for energy investment; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan and monitoring its implementation; improving the Joint Organisations Data Initiative; and the implementation of price reporting agencies principles to improve energy market transparency.  

dates: 25-26 May 2015   location: Istanbul, Turkey  

AfDB Annual Meetings 2015

During its Annual Meetings 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and elect its next president. The meetings will be held under the theme 'Africa and the New Global Landscape'. The agenda includes, inter alia: the launches of the African Economic Outlook (AEO 2015) and the Africa Ecological Futures Report; discussions on youth leaders, gender equality, Ebola, agribusiness, Africa's Power Challenge, local currency bond markets, stock exchanges, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); high-level events on the anticipated global climate change agreement and financing Africa's development post-2015; and meetings of the Board of Governors.  

dates: 25-29 May 2015   location: Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire  

Informal Hearings with NGOs, Civil Society, Major Groups and the Private Sector on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

As part of the preparatory process for the September 2015 UN General Assembly (UNGA) Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, two days of stakeholder hearings will be hosted by UNGA President Sam Kutesa and the Co-Facilitators of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) invites feedback from stakeholders on themes for the four round-table discussions that will be conducted as part of these hearings, and feedback should be submitted by 31 March 2015. The hearings are mandated to take place before June 2015, and are noted in the calendar of "other related meetings" on the DESA sustainable development website.  

dates: 26-27 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnership

The 2015 Forum on Partnership of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place on 28 May 2015 at UN Headquarters, in New York, US.  

date: 28 May 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

G20/OECD High-Level Roundtable on Institutional Investors and Long-Term Investment

The Group of 20 (G20) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will participate in their annual High-Level Roundtable on Institutional Investors and Long-Term Investment, which focuses on barriers to institutional long-term investing and solutions that encourage such investment.  

date: 28 May 2015   location: Singapore, Singapore  

Third International Open Data Conference

The Third International Open Data Conference 2015 will convene under the theme, ‘Enabling the Data Revolution'. The event aims to broaden the dialogue on the open data movement to include experts in sectors that want to use open data and scale up innovative approaches with the overall aim of ensuring that all citizens around the world benefit from the data revolution. The event will take stock of the evolution of the global open data community and discuss how to chart its future agenda. The Government of Canada, Canada's International Development Research Center and the World Bank are organizing the conference. The hash tag for the event is #IODC15.  

dates: 28-29 May 2015   venue: Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive Ottawa   location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  

48th 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 1 June 2015, in Washington D.C., US, preceding the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, taking place from 2-4 June at the same location.  

date: 1 June 2015   location: Washington D.C., US  

UNGA High-Level Event on the Demographic Dividend and Youth Employment

Convened by the President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, this high-level event will focus on investments required to reap the demographic dividend, including through employment opportunities and decent work for young people.  

date: 1 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

First Meeting of IAEG-SDG

The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will convene its first meeting in June 2015. It is supposed to commence its work on developing a proposal for a global indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda. It should also discuss and decide how it will conduct its work based on the requirements of the post-2015 intergovernmental process, the guidance received by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), and the work that has been conducted already.  

dates: 1-2 June 2015   location: New York City, US  

Ramsar COP 12

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

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

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

dates: 1-11 June 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

34th International Energy Workshop

The 2015 International Energy Workshop (IEW) will take place from 3-5 June in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. Hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the workshop will focus on, inter alia: climate change mitigation and adaptation; the economics of renewable energy sources; linkages between climate, air pollution and energy security; energy and economic growth in emerging economies; and energy poverty alleviation. The workshop is aimed at researchers and practitioners in developed and developing countries, and will comprise thematic sessions, during which papers presenting results of scientific or pratical experiences on the economics of energy and climate change will be discussed.  

dates: 3-5 June 2015   location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  

World Environment Day 2015

The 2015 World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations will convene under the theme resource efficiency and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the context of the planet's regenerative capacity. The slogan, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care,” was chosen through voting on social media. Italy will serve as the host of WED 2015 and the global WED celebrations will be organized at the Milan Expo. Celebrations at the Milan Expo will complement the Expo's theme, ‘Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life,' which will showcase ideas, solutions and technology to help ensure healthy, safe and sufficient food for all while respecting the planet and its carrying capacity. The WED 2015 programme at the Milan Expo will also involve activities with partners such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), Slow Food, WWF Italy and the Green Film Network. WED is celebrated annually on 5 June as a day for positive environmental action.  

date: 5 June 2015   location: worldwide  

39th Session of the FAO Conference

The 39th session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will be convened under the auspices of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015. The latest edition of the World Soil Resources Report will be launched during the Conference.  

dates: 6-13 June 2015   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

G7 Summit

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

dates: 7-8 June 2015   venue: Schloss Elmau   location: Germany   additional: Garmisch-Partenkirchen  

World Oceans Day 2015

World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008. The Day seeks to: remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life; inform the public on the impact of the human actions on the Ocean; develop a worldwide movement of citizen, towards the Ocean; and mobilize and unite the world's population on a project for the sustainable management of the World Ocean.  

date: 8 June 2015   location: worldwide  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting - June 2015 Session

The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Coordination and Management Meetings (CMMs) have three main functions: reviewing reports of the Council's subsidiary and expert bodies; system-wide coordination and review of specific development issues, with a view to promoting a more integrated response to specific areas; and considering special country situation or regional issues on the Council's agenda. This CMM session will include a review of progress and a discussion on the way forward related to the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System. 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: 8-10 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs on Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Ministerial Meeting of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) aims to support African LDCs to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category as well to support the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including goals and targets under the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA). Participants will explore actions for the structural socio-economic transformation of African LDCs and acceleration of progress towards graduation criteria. The meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life,' and will discuss agriculture, food security and access to energy as critical factors in Africa's development. The meeting will also discuss how the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) can reflect African LDCs' needs and integrate the priorities, goals and targets of the IPoA.  

dates: 8-10 June 2015   location: Milan, Lombardia, Italy  

Resilient Cities 2015: 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

This forum will bring together experts and practitioners in urban adaptation and resilience. Presentations, panels, workshops and trainings will address: urban risk and vulnerability and disaster risk management; resilience data and indicators; adaptation planning, policy and integrated approaches; communicating resilience and applying ICT solutions; ecosystem-based adaptation and resource security; creating resilient public health systems; community-based, bottom-up approaches; resilient building, design and infrastructure; capacity building, governance and collaboration; and financing resilience planning and development. ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn are hosting the event.  

dates: 8-10 June 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

High-Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life'

This conference will address the implementation of the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life' (2005-2015), including progress achieved and lessons learned for further action after 2015, including for the development and implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to water. Participants also will discuss: mainstreaming water and sanitation in national developments strategies; integrating water, climate change, energy and food; water scarcity; sustainable consumption and use of water resources; and water cooperation at international, regional, national and local levels to achieve water and sanitation goals. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions, sessions on regional water issues, side events and field trips. Results of the conference are expected to be presented at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the conference with UN Water and other UN agencies.  

dates: 9-11 June 2015   venue: Dushanbe State Complex (Kohi Somon)   location: Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan  

Third Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The third drafting session will take place on 15-19 June 2015.  

dates: 15-19 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

2015 World Day to Combat Desertification

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat has announced that the slogan for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will be 'No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soils'. National and global observances will convene under the theme, 'attainment of food security for all through sustainable food systems'. A global observance event will take place in Milan, Italy, during the UN Expo Milano 2015.  

date: 17 June 2015   location: worldwide  

ECOSOC 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment

The Humanitarian Affairs segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will meet from 17-19 June 2015 at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 17-19 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Vienna Energy Forum 2015

The 4th biennial Vienna Energy Forum, which will take place from 18=20 June 2015, at the Hofburg Palace, will focus on the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development'. The Vienna Energy Forum 2015 will emphasize the multiple benefits of the post-2015 development and climate agendas and showcase the best practices and actions on the ground that can contribute to both agendas. Energy practitioners, policymakers and thought leaders will discuss the interconnections of sustainable energy and inclusive development in the areas of partnerships, finance, policy, technology, capacity building and knowledge management. The event will also explore the consequences of trends such as population growth and urbanization, as well as addressing the resulting increase in energy demand. Other topics will include South-South cooperation, and energy, water, food and health linkages. The event is organized by UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), SE4ALL (Sustainable Energy for All), BMEIA (Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs), and ADA (Austrian Development Agency).  

dates: 18-20 June 2015   venue: Hofburg Palace, Michaelerkuppel, 1010   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Sixth Session

The sixth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 22-25 June 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on negotiating the outcome document of the September 2015 summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 22-25 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Global Compact+15: Business as a Force for Good

Over 500 participants from Global Compact Local Networks, companies, investors, academia, civil society, labor and UN private sector representatives are expected to mark the UN Global Compact's 15th anniversary. The conference will bring business and civil society together at the UN to illustrate how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, emphasizing, in particular, the UN's post-2015 sustainable development agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). On 24 June, participants will meet in small focused meetings to address such issues as human rights, anti-corruption and partnerships, to determine how their work already is and can better contribute to achieving the SDGs. On 25 June, a plenary session will convene in the UN General Assembly Hall to showcase to governments the private sector's important role in addressing the challenges the world is facing and how the Global Compact's work is “at the heart of the UN agenda”.
  

dates: 23-25 June 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Third High-level Political Forum

The Third High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 3), which will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015'. The HLPF is mandated to meet every year under the auspices of ECOSOC and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). HLPF 3 will meet from 26 June - 8 July 2015. The ministerial segment will be from 6-8 July.  

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

VII BRICS Summit

The Seventh Summit of the BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) will be held from 9-10 July 2015, in Ufa, the Russian Federation. The host country has signaled it will: ensure the continuity of the group's operation; take into account priorities put forward during the Brazilian presidency of the BRICS; and seek to enrich the group's work with new ideas, and strengthen its role in international affairs and regional issues.  

dates: 9-10 July 2015   location: Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russian Federation  

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

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

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

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting - July 2015

The July 2015 Coordination and Management meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US.  

dates: 20-22 July 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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  

Organizational Session on ECOSOC Programme of Work for July 2015-July 2016

This organizational session will consider the programme of work of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the period July 2015 to July 2016.  

dates: 23-24 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  

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)  

ADP 3

As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the third 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  

Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place from 2-3 September 2015. CCAC, hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a voluntary international coalition of partners focusing on addressing SLCPs in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. CCAC partners include governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The CCAC is a partner-led effort and aims to reduce emissions of methane, black carbon, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in order to protect the environment and public health, promote food and energy security, and address near-term climate change. The CCAC Working Group oversees the CCAC's cooperative actions.  

dates: 8-9 September 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

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  

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

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

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

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 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 from 9 am to 11 am on 25 September, to allow for an address by His Holiness Pope Francis.  

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

Third GRF One Health Summit 2015

Held under the theme 'Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Global Public and Animal Health,' the third GRF One Health Summit, organized by the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, will include oral and poster presentations focusing on the topics of: global health; diseases and disease control; environment and health impacts; food and agriculture; and global health and sustainable development. The Summit will seek to develop an international research and education strategy for One Health, and further develop and strengthen the One Health paradigm. One Health is an integrative health risk management perspective aiming to reverse the worst of current problems at the human-animal-environment and development interface.  

dates: 4-7 October 2015   venue: Davos Congress Center, Talstrasse 49a 7270 Davos Platz   location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland  

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 4

As agreed in Geneva in February 2015, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will hold its fourth 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  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

Ninth UNESCO Youth Forum

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will hold its Ninth Youth Forum, under the theme of 'Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet,' with a special focus on climate change and sustainable development. The Forum, which takes place every two years, will be held as an integral part of the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference.  

dates: 26-28 October 2015   venue: UNESCO Headquarters, 7 place Fontenoy, 75352 / 1 rue Miollis, 75732   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

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  

76th Session of UNECE CHLM

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will hold its 76th session to review its work and discuss issues involving housing, land management and urban development, including standards for energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, and implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the ECE Region for the Period 2014-2020.  

dates: 3-4 November 2015   venue: Palais des Nations [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland [tentative]  

G20 2015 Leaders' Summit

The Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) will host G20 leaders in Antalya, Turkey, for the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2015. The G20 aims to conclude the Summit with practical outcomes on such priority areas as development, climate change, financing for climate change, trade, growth and employment.  

dates: 15-16 November 2015   location: Antalya, Turkey  

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  

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  

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  

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), taking place in February or March 2016, is expected to agree on the indicator framework and set of indicators for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) will prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework.  

date: 1 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016

The 2016 Session of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment will include a discussion on emerging policy issues, within the context of the ECOSOC dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System. 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: 22-23 February 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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: Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico  

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