Upcoming Events

35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee

The 35th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee will convene concurrently with the 35th Meeting of the CCAMLR Commission to discuss the conservation of Antarctic marine life. The Scientific Committee will convene from 17-21 October. The Commission meeting will take place from 17-28 October. The Scientific Committee and its subsidiary groups are the main avenue for scientific advice in CCAMLR, with the Convention requiring the Commission to take full account of the Scientific Committee's recommendations and advice. The Commission serves as CCAMLR's main decision-making body. Mark Belcher, United Kingdom, will serve as the Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting and Dmitry Gonchar, the Russian Federation, will chair the Commission Meeting.  

dates: 17-28 October 2016   location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia  


The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will gather Commissioners from 20-28 October 2016, in Portotoz, Slovenia. The 66th biennial IWC meeting will take place from 24-28 October. The Commission meets on a biennial basis to ensure implementation of its decisions and workplans on the conservation and management of whale species. Commission members will also participate in meetings of the Sub-committee on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Working Group Whale Killing Methods and Welfare Issues on 20 October, Infractions Sub-committee and Conservation Committee on 21 October, and Finance and Administration Committee and Bureau meetings on 22 October. On 23 October, the Private Commissioners' Meeting will take place.  

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

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Annual Meeting 2016

The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is a unique global venue for sustained discussions on practical issues related to the sustainable management and development of the mining sector. It serves as a forum for dialogue between member- country governments, mining companies and industry associations and represents a growing network of leaders seeking to enhance the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. IGF annual sessions and regional meetings convene high-level representatives from developing-country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, fostering coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector. The 2016 IGF Annual General Meeting will focus on the theme, "The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Mining".  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

dates: 25-27 October 2016   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

UNGA Second Committee Side Event on Sovereign Debt Restructurings

The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee is holding this side event on ‘Sovereign debt restructurings: Lessons learned from legislative steps taken by certain countries and other appropriate action to reduce the vulnerability of sovereigns to holdout creditors,' organized by the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The event will: contribute ideas and knowledge to inform the Committee's deliberations on challenges to sovereign debt crisis prevention and resolution; analyze measures to limit the activities of hold-out creditors and their implications for future regulatory efforts to improve sovereign debt restructuring frameworks; and make recommendations on the way forward, including facilitating the support needed from the UN system and international cooperation. The event will include panel presentations and an interactive discussion.  

date: 26 October 2016     10:00 am to 1:00 pm   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2   location: New York City, US  

UNGA Second Committee Dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions

The annual dialogue will take place in the morning of 28 October.  

date: 28 October 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2   location: New York City, US  

International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly

This meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will address the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, including discussion of the status of coral reefs; the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; coral bleaching; and initiatives in the Indian Ocean region. The event marks the first meeting since France and Madagascar replaced Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the ICRI Secretariat, on 1 June 2016. The event is expected to bring together governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and civil society.  

dates: 2-4 November 2016   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

The Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics

The Hugo Conference will focus on the interactions between environmental changes and migration, and is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (EU). The conference, organized by the University of Liège, is named after the late Graeme Hugo (1946-2015), a pioneering scholar of the linkages between environmental changes and migration. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from social sciences and environmental sciences, and promote their scholarly interaction. Topics to be addressed include: the social dimensions of vulnerability; immobility and trapped populations; land issues; borders and security; disasters and evacuations; environmental and climate data for the study of migration; climate science, models and tipping points; and legal and policy perspectives. Keynote speakers include: Eric Lambin of Stanford University, recipient of the Volvo Prize in 2014; Barbara Harrell-Bond of Oxford University; and Bill McKibben of 350.org. The event will also mark the launch of two research initiatives: the creation of The Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège, Belgium, a research structure dedicated specifically to the study of environmental changes and migration; and establishment of an international scholarly association for the study of environmental migration. The last day for registration is 21 October 2016.  

dates: 3-5 November 2016   location: Liege, Belgium  

Second World Irrigation Forum

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

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


The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

Fourth Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDGs

The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will hold its fourth meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-18 November 2016, hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The meeting was originally scheduled for 18-21 October, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but changed due to a State of Emergency declared in Ethiopia. The first two days (15-16 November) will be a Members meeting, and the second two days (17-18 November) will be a plenary session open to all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders. The objectives of IAEG-SDGs 4 are to: Finalize the initial tier system for indicators; Establish a process for the refinement of indicators; Review work plans for Tier III indicators; Discuss options for those indicators that do not have a proposed custodian agency; and Review data flows from national to regional and global level and discuss best practices for the delivery of these data.  

dates: 15-18 November 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Global Landscapes Forum 2016

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

date: 16 November 2016   venue: Kenzi Club Agdal Medina   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

Ecosystem Services Partnership Africa Conference

The first Conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) will convene under the theme, 'Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa'. Discussions will focus on Africa's contribution towards evidence on best practices for the management and restoration of ecosystem services for decision making, particularly towards the realization of sustainable development goals.  

dates: 21-25 November 2016   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Fifth Meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

The Working Group will review the progress in implementing the 2015-2017 work programme, including compliance and reporting mechanisms, promotion, capacity building, and financial matters, discuss the work programme for 2018–2021, and discuss preparations for the next session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP), including a draft joint declaration with the Parties to the Aarhus Convention.  

dates: 23-24 November 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Global Sustainable Transport Conference

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. The Conference will build on intergovernmental discussions on sustainable transport and bring together stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference will address, inter alia: all modes of transport, including road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime; the concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS); transport in both urban and rural areas; energy and transport; public transport; road safety; and financing for sustainable transport. The Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management will serve as the Secretary of the Conference, while the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will serve as the Conference Secretariat.  

dates: 26-27 November 2016   venue: Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, UN General Assembly Affairs Branch   location: Ashgabat, Ahal, Turkmenistan  

ESCWA Conference on Competitive Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges for Arab States in the Next Decade

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organizes this sustainable development conference annually in cooperation with the Arab Regional Administrative Development Organization (ARADO). This will be the 16th such conference. In 2015, the annual conference took place on the theme of 'Post-2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States', and in 2014, the theme was 'Cooperation in Establishing Resilience Toward Global Risks to the Arab Region.' Many international agencies support the conference, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.  

dates: 27-29 November 2016   location: Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt  

African Soil Seminar

This seminar will focus on the theme 'Soil Restoration for Achieving the 2063 and 2030 Agendas in Africa: Linking Global Ambitions to Local Needs'. The seminar was organized following a call by African stakeholders attending the 2015 Global Soil Week to create a regional African platform for sustainable soil and land management. The seminar is organized under the auspices of the 'ONE World – No Hunger' Special Initiative supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the research project on ‘Soil Protection and Rehabilitation for Food Security' co-implemented by the Global Soil Forum and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Kenya. Through the participation of a broad range of stakeholders, the seminar aims to explore potential linkages and synergies among different agendas on development cooperation and natural resource management, including the African Union's 2063 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The discussions will be organized around six thematic threads: soil carbon and climate change; food security and nutrition; land governance; financing soil restoration; water management; and urban-rural continuities.  

dates: 28-30 November 2016   venue: ICRAF Campus   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Budapest Water Summit 2016

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will build on the results of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Summit will seek to ensure that efforts addressing water issues are the source of cooperation, peace and development in all countries that have a stake in sustainable development, rather than being the cause of global risks and further conflicts in the 21st century. The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will address issues related to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). In addition, stakeholder meetings will convene on the following themes: Science-Technology Forum; Youth Forum; Civil Society Forum; and Women's Forum. Participants are expected to adopt the “Budapest Statement 2016” at the conclusion of the Summit.  

dates: 28-30 November 2016   location: Budapest, Hungary  

Second High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

The Government of Kenya will host the Second High-level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC), which will set priorities for improving development cooperation in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meeting on the theme of 'Towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda,' the HLM will provide a platform for Heads of State and Government, ministers, heads of international organizations, business and civil society to showcase successes, as well as identify and scale up innovative approaches to sustainable development. Parliamentarians and representatives of local and regional governments will attend the meeting. The GPEDC meeting will include two days of preparatory sessions and two days of high-level discussions. The GPEDC is a global forum bringing together a broad range of development actors to strengthen the quality, impact and effectiveness of development cooperation. The Partnership is based on the principles of country ownership, achieving results, inclusive partnerships, and transparency and accountability. The HLM2 is organised by the Government of Kenya with support from the Global Partnership's three co-chairs (Malawi, Mexico and the Netherlands), Steering Committee members and the Joint Support Team provided by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  

dates: 28 November - 1 December 2016   venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, City Square   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

UNDP-Sweden Human Rights and Environment Seminar

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency are organizing this seminar on Human Rights and the Environment, following the Advisory Board Meeting of the Environmental Governance Project (EGP). The four-year EGP is funded by SIDA and addresses challenges for developing countries in implementing environmental policies and integrating environmental and social concerns into broader sustainable development policy making. The programme strengthens the environmental, gender, human rights, and rule of law dimensions of public administration covering large-scale mining sectors. The programme also welcomes and prioritizes efforts to strengthen new long-term partnerships with public, private, and civil society groups, as well as South-South triangular collaboration within and across regions.  

date: 1 December 2016   location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden  

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 concurrently.  

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

African Economic Conference 2016

Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth'. Participants will consider the latest empirical evidence on Africa's agricultural transformation and discuss how to leverage agro-industrialization for food security and inclusive growth in Africa. The conference aims to provide a platform for critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.  

dates: 5-7 December 2016   location: Abuja, Nigeria  

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

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

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

Internet Governance Forum 2016

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2016 will consider the theme 'Enabling Inclusive and Sustainable Growth'. The IGF is a multi-stakeholder forum that seeks to facilitates a common understanding of how to maximize internet opportunities and address risks and challenges, and support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the outcome of the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the overall review of the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10) of December 2015, the UNGA acknowledged the role of the IGF as a multi-stakeholder platform for discussion of internet governance issues, and decided to extend its mandate for another ten years.  

dates: 6-9 December 2016   venue: Cultural Institute Cabañas, Calle Cabañas 8, Las Fresas, 44360 Guadalajara   location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico  

Open Government Partnership Global Summit

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit will bring together representatives from governments, civil society, academia and international organizations to share experiences and advance an open government global agenda. The OGP is a multilateral initiative that brings together 69 member states, civil society representatives and other stakeholders to promote and reinforce open, transparent government through participation, public integrity and action against corruption and access to technology to foster democracy, promote innovation and stimulate progress. France is serving as the Lead Chair on the OGP steering committee from October 2016 and will host the Global Summit. The Summit's agenda will be determined based on an open call for proposals from the open government community and will be announced in September 2016.  

dates: 7-9 December 2016   venue: Salle Pleyel (inauguration); Le Palais d'Iéna and Palais de Tokyo (sessions and workshops)   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

Fourth Meeting of the Task Force on the Water-Food-Energy Ecosystems Nexus

This meeting will discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of activities on the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). More specifically, it will: review the status of ongoing basin assessments; discuss possible follow-up actions to assessments already undertaken; and reflect on knowledge gaps and strategic directions for future nexus work under the Water Convention. The Task Force meeting will be held back to back with the Global Workshop on Assessments of the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus and Response Measures in Transboundary Basins taking place from 6-7 December 2016. The meeting is convening under the leadership of the Government of Finland, with the support from the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.  

date: 8 December 2016   venue: Palais des Nations, Salle XI   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

9th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit

The 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Global Forum on Migration and Development is an initiative of United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.  

dates: 10-12 December 2016   location: Dhaka, Bangladesh  

International Mountain Day 2016

International Mountain Day 2016 will focus on the theme ‘Mountain Cultures: Celebrating Diversity and Strengthening Identity'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will lead global observance events that aim to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development, and build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments. In 2002, the UN General Assembly designated 11 December as International Mountain Day to foster understanding and respect for the traditional knowledge and techniques of mountain communities that are key to managing and enhancing fragile mountain ecosystems. Events in 2016 will also highlight ways to boost livelihoods in mountain areas through a focus on high value sustainable products and tourism. #WeLoveMountains  

date: 11 December 2016   location: worldwide  

Transforming Transportation 2017

Transforming Transportation is the annual conference co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the urban mobility initiative of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local governments, multilateral development banks, foundations, civil society, research institutions, and businesses from around the world. At Transforming Transportation, they share the latest experiences, information, and best practices around sustainable transport.  

dates: 12-13 January 2017   location: Washington D.C., US  

UN World Data Forum

The first UN World Data Forum (WDF) will be hosted by Statistics South Africa. It is expected to bring together public and private measurements experts, statistical producers, information system specialists, and users, as well as all other key stakeholders to discuss data for sustainable development. Organized by the UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG), the UN WDF is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil society. Organization of a World Forum on Sustainable Development Data was one of the main recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. Twitter: @UNDataForum  

dates: 16-18 January 2017   location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa  

UNFF Working Group and Special Session

The back-to-back meetings of the United Nations Forum on Forests' (UNFF) Working Group and Special Session are due to negotiate and endorse the UNFF Strategic Plan for 2017-2030 and the Quadrennial Programme of Work (4POW) for 2017-2020, based on recommendations submitted by the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) on the International Arrangement on Forests Strategic Plan.  

dates: 16-20 January 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters gathers the world's top leaders at the beginning of each year to discuss challenges related to the global, regional and industry agendas.  

dates: 17-20 January 2017   location: Switzerland   additional: Davos-Klosters  

48th Session of UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 48)

The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 48th session from 7-10 March 2017.  

dates: 7-10 March 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week

The Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week is dedicated to forests and landscape restoration in the Mediterranean basin. It aims to strengthen exchanges and synergies between global stakeholders in the restoration of Mediterranean forests and landscapes, to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on Land) and other globally agreed targets related to forest restoration, and facilitate the adaptation of Mediterranean forest landscapes to climate change. It is hosted by Morocco and co-organized by the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the World Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other partners.  

dates: 20-24 March 2017   location: Agadir, Laayoune, Morocco  

16th Session of UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)

During its 16th session, the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) will consider the theme 'Ensuring effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): leadership, action and means'. The Committee is expected to discuss: local authorities and communities needs for implementing the SDGs; institutional leadership and arrangements and the SDGs; principles of effective governance; and strategies for integrated action to achieve poverty eradication. It should also discuss the provisional agenda for the 17th session of the Committee and adopt the report of its 16th session. CEPA was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its resolution 2001/45, and is comprised of 24 members who meet annually at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among UN Member States.  

dates: 24-28 April 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: US  

16th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 16th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will take place in 2017, which is the ten-year anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The PFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), established in 2000. It has the mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights, and focuses on specific themes when it convenes for ten days every year. The 16th session will follow up on the recommendations of previous PFII sessions with regard to indigenous youth, and the empowerment of indigenous women, and will discuss measures taken to implement UNDRIP. PFII 15, in 2016, focused on the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution'.  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   venue: UN Headquarters, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10017   location: New York City, US  

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Basel Convention, the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Rotterdam Convention and the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back to discuss issues for each Convention, and joint issues shared among the Conventions. For more information on each Convention: http://www.basel.int , http://www.pic.int , http://www.pops.int  

dates: 24 April - 5 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

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

The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14

The 41st Annual Conference of the Center for Oceans Law and Policy will convene under the theme, ‘The Marine Environment and UN Sustainable Development Goal 14'. Through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, the international community agreed to aim to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."  

dates: 17-18 May 2017   location: Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia  

Dresden Nexus Conference 2017

The Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources of the University of the UN (UNU-FLORES), Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) will host the second biennial Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) on a Nexus Approach to managing environmental resources for sustainable development. DNC2017 will focus on the theme, 'SDGs and the Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation'. International researchers, practitioners and politicians will debate the sustainable use of environmental resources under conditions of planetary limits and growing demand. Conference stakeholders include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-Habitat, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), multiple UNU Institutes, and international and research institutions such as the Global Water Partnership, the International Hydropower Association, the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, The International Water Management Institute, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Center for Environmental Systems Research, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the Sachsen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. A Call for Proposals will be released in early spring of 2016.  

dates: 17-19 May 2017   venue: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1   location: Dresden, Sachsen, Germany  

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The Global Platform is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

2017 World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Assembly sets WHO policies, appoints its Director-General, supervises financial poles and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget of the WHO.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14

This high-level UN Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, will coincide with the World Oceans Day, and seeks to to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).  

dates: 5-9 June 2017   location: New York City, US  

2017 International Labour Conference

The 106th session of the International Labour Conference will convene from 5-17 June 2017. The International Labour Conference is a high-level annual event of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which discusses policy priorities and negotiates international labour standards. Over a four-year cycle, the Conference examines in turn Global Reports covering the four fundamental rights: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour; the effective abolition of child labour; and the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. In 2017, the conference will evaluate the implementation of the ILO's 2008 Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalisation. An annual 'Leaders Forum' takes place as a side event during the conference, organized by the International Organisation of Employers; the 2017 forum will focus on the topic 'The Future of Work'.  

dates: 5-17 June 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

dates: 10-19 July 2017   location: New York City, US  

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

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

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

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


The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place in Manila, the Philippines.  

dates: 22-28 October 2017   location: Manila, Philippines  


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

dates: 6-17 November 2017   location: TBA  

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

dates: 4-6 December 2017   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

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  

Third World Statistics Day

The Third World Statistics Day is expected to take place in October 2020. In Resolution 69/282, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agreed to celebrate World Statistics Day on 20 October, every five years.  

date: 20 October 2020 [tentative]   location: virtual