Upcoming Events

E-discussion on the 2015 ECOSOC Theme

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are organizing an e-discussion on the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) 2015 theme, ‘Managing the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): What will it take'. The e-discussion aims to provide ECOSOC with concrete proposals for defining next steps in transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs. It will focus on four thematic areas: policy choices and mindset change for an integrated agenda; adaptation by institutions, structures and individuals; partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs and post-2015 agenda; and monitoring and review. Contributions will be posted on ECOSOC's website and included in a summary report prepared by DESA and UNDP, which is then expected to serve as an input into the UN Secretary-General's report on the ECOSOC theme.  

dates: 17 February - 17 March 2015   location: virtual  

46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission

The 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) will agree on modalities for the development of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, among other agenda items. UNSC's Friends of the Chair Group on broader measures of progress (FOC) is expected to prepare and guide discussions on the development and implementation of the framework. The annotated provisional agenda (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc15/2015-1-Agenda-Rev-E.pdf), provisional programme of work (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc15/2015-L1-Timetable-E.pdf), and side events (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/SideEvents_2015.htm) are available.  

dates: 3-6 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

High-Level Policy Dialogue on Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action on LDCs

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the Government of Cambodia, is organising this dialogue for ministers and senior officials from 12 Asia-Pacific LDCs, plus Yemen. Policy makers will discuss implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) on LDCs for the period 2011-2020. The meeting will adopt a draft outcome document to be presented to the Special Body on LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) at ESCAP's 71st session, for consideration as the basis for the regional mid-term review of the IPoA.  

dates: 4-6 March 2015   venue: Empress Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap   location: Siem Reap, Cambodia  

Regional Dialogue on Sustainability Science Policy to Support the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This regional workshop on Sustainability Science will focus on how sustainability science can address economy-environment interactions and contribute to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The workshop is expected to develop: a policy paper and strategy for the next ASEAN Plan of Action on Science and Technology 2016-2020; and a regional framework and tools to implement sustainability science. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jakarta office is organizing the workshop in collaboration with the Malaysia FIT Programme on the ‘Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)' and Japan FIT Programme on the ‘Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)'.  

dates: 4-6 March 2015   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the 69th UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, will convene this thematic debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the post-2015 development agenda. The debate will focus on measures to advance gender equality and women's economic and political empowerment at all levels, including education. 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  

date: 6 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

dates: 9-12 March 2015   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) will focus on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Commission will undertake a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The Beijing+20 review will also include the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the UN General Assembly, the first five-year assessment conducted after the adoption of the Platform for Action. The session will also address opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda.  

dates: 9-20 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be hosted by the Government of Japan and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). Participants are expected to agree a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR).  

dates: 14-18 March 2015   location: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan  

World Water Day 2015

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The Day will seek to encourage the exploration of how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want. Twitter: #WorldWaterDay, #WaterIs, #Water & #Sustainability, @UN-Water.  

date: 22 March 2015   location: worldwide  

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The third session will take place on 23-27 March 2015, and focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.  

dates: 23-27 March 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Meeting on the Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa

This meeting, organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on Sustainable Development of Air Transport in Africa, will aim to promote a new regulatory framework for the region and is expected to result in the adoption of a declaration on the regional implementation of this framework. Topics of discussion will include: market access liberalization; air carrier ownership and control; consumer protection; air transport connectivity enhancement; taxes and charges; regulatory responses for passengers; and the cost of regulatory differences. The event will be organized in partnership with the Civil Aviation of Madagascar.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   location: Antananarivo, Madagascar  

UNCCD CRIC 13

The thirteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place two weeks after the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference and fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4). CRIC 13 will be preceded by Consultations of affected country Parties of the Convention's Regional Implementation Annexes on 23 and 24 March 2015. Delegates will also discuss how to integrate ongoing processes to align national action programmes with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to sustainable land management.  

dates: 25-27 March 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings

The Eighth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings will take place as part of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development'. The conference will include plenary sessions; round table debates; side events; and the launch of the annual Economic Report on Africa, which addresses the theme of trade and industrialization. The conference will include a ministerial segment from 30-31 March and an expert segment from 26-27 March.  

dates: 25-31 March 2015   venue: UN Conference Centre   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia  

High-Level Conference on the Data Revolution in Africa

This high level conference will take place under the theme, ‘Setting the scene for a sustainable development agenda powered by Data Revolution in Africa'. It will address topics related to: areas in Africa that lack data; the role of “African” data in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); adoption of data revolution principles and national level implementation; the balance between comparable data for monitoring development goals and data that can contribute to local level change; harmonization of national statistical data; and the role of data in contributing to Agenda 2063. The conference is expected to result in the adoption of a set of principles to power the data revolution in Africa and an African Data revolution road map with short, medium and long-term action plans. The high level conference will be preceded by a two-day technical session with working groups and breakout sessions, from 27-28 March. The African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) serve as the co-organizers.  

dates: 27-29 March 2015   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia  

UNCTAD Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development

The third session of the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Investment, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Productive Capacity-building and Sustainable Development will take place in March 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

dates: 30-31 March 2015   venue: Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2015

The 2015 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Segment, chaired by Vladimir Drobnjak (Croatia), Vice-President of ECOSOC, will bring together Heads of States and Governments, ministers, governors, mayors, the UN system, the tripartite constituents of the International Labour Organization (ILO), civil society, academia and the private sector. The segment will focus on 'achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all'.  

dates: 30 March - 1 April 2015   location: New York City, US  

2015 Global Forum on Development

The Global Forum on Development, which will focus on the theme ‘Post-2015 Financing for Sustainable Development,' will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss how different streams of finance work together, in advance of the third UN Financing for Development (FfD) Conference, which will take place in July 2015. Participants will discuss: how developing countries interpret the global policy agenda on the ground; how to realistically track goals and their financing; national constraints that affect development finance policy and practice; and the role of the private sector, foundations, institutional investors and other non-state actors in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

date: 1 April 2015   venue: OECD Headquarters, 2, rue André Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 16th meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 6-10 April 2015. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

dates: 6-10 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Advancing Natural Capital Accounting in Government, Business and Finance: Theory, Practice and Enabling Conditions

This invitation-only event will bring together representatives from the public sector, international initiatives, knowledge centers, multilateral bodies, leading companies, financial institutions and academia to discuss steps that can be taken to create an enabling environment for the adoption of natural capital accounting (NCA) by governments, businesses and the financial sector. The purpose of the event is to engage experts and practitioners in the creation of a multi-stakeholder NCA platform. Specific topics include: the business case for NCA; how the uptake of NCA can be incentivized in various global and national contexts; uptake challenges, success stories and lessons learned from around the world; and how NCA policy options fit within the design of policy instruments for broader natural capital and environmental management. The meeting is being organized by Globe International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Natural Capital Coalition, National Capital Declaration, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Bank Group.  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US  

FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector

As part of the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), hearings with civil society and the business sector will be hosted by the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, with support from the Financing for Development Office (FFDO) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS).  

dates: 8-9 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

DCF Symposium on Development Cooperation for People and Planet: What Will it Take?

A Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 8-10 April 2015. The Symposium, organized by the Republic of Korea and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is the first high-level preparatory event for the 2016 DCF. It will engage up to 200 high-level experts from a wide range of stakeholders. It will focus on how to bring together commitments on financing and other means of implementation (MOI) from the Monterrey and Rio processes, in order to allow countries and other stakeholders to take an integrated approach to development cooperation, ensure more robust monitoring and accountability for progress and achieve better and more lasting development results.  

dates: 8-10 April 2015   location: Incheon, Republic of Korea  

ICLEI World Congress 2015

The 2015 ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) World Congress will be held under the theme of 'Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future' in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The week-long triennial event will include: the ICLEI Council Meeting; plenaries on trends and targets, financing, accelerating local action and the SDGs; and sessions on 'Urban China,' water and innovative city leaders. Alongside the Congress, parallel events are planned, including an Urban Nature Forum, Researchers' Symposium and technical site visits in the city of Seoul. An expected outcome of the Congress is the collation of local governments' proposals into coherent themes and agendas so that they may contribute to the international debate.  

dates: 8-12 April 2015   venue: Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), 281 Eulji-ro, Jung-gu   location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea  

Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting this international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of policymakers and practitioners in the field. The forum will include academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) and engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. The forum seeks to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, as well as those who are affected by the policies. The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. The following topics, inter alia, are expected to be addressed: impact of the negotiation process on implementation of environmental agreements; the role of institutions in shaping and monitoring agreements; the role of research and development, adaptation and geoengineering in the success of climate change mitigation strategies; the impact of policy instruments at the international and domestic level on the success of agreements; the role of international and domestic law in designing international environmental agreements; ecological, technological and societal thresholds and tipping points; the roles of uncertainty, risk and learning; and the economic impacts of agreements.  

dates: 9-11 April 2015   venue: University of Bath   location: Bath, England, UK  

48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 48)

CPD 48, taking place on the theme 'Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including the post-2015 development agenda,' will discuss actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). General debates will address population issues in the post-2015 agenda, as well as on the contribution of population and development issues to the theme of the annual ministerial review in 2015.  

dates: 13-17 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Second 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 second drafting session will take place on 13-17 April 2015.  

dates: 13-17 April 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

66th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Among other things, the biennial session of the full UN Economic Commission for Europe is expected to adopt the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing negotiated under the auspices of the UNECE's Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM). The Charter is to be a UNECE contribution to the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).  

dates: 14-16 April 2015   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

The 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will bring together thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector. The IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee will meet to discuss progress on the IMF's and the WBG's work. Seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and many other events focused on the global economy, international development and the world's financial markets will also be held.  

dates: 17-19 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., 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 20-24 April 2015. The session is scheduled to focus on Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 20-24 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  

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  

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  

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: 3-15 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  

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  

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  

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.  

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

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 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is organizing the Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). The APFSD meets annually as the regional platform that gives input to deliberations of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The First APFSD convened in Pattaya, Thailand, from 19-21 May 2014. The 2014 forum brought together ministers, government officials, private sector and civil society representatives from 30 countries, and was preceded by a civil society meeting.  

dates: 21-22 May 2015   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  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnership

The 2015 Forum on Partnership of the 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  

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  

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.  

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

This day is celebrated annually on 5 June.  

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  

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  

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 Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 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 the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and Austrian Foreign Ministry.  

dates: 18-20 June 2015   venue: Hofburg Palace, Michaelerkuppel, 1010   location: 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 convene on 26 June-2 July and 6-8 July 2015.  

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  

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  

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: 2-3 September 2015   location: TBA  

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  

UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25-27 September 2015, and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.  

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  

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  

10th WTO Ministerial Conference

The 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference is expected to meet in December 2015. The Ministerial Conference is the topmost decision-making body of the WTO. It usually meets every two years, and brings together all members of the WTO.  

dates: 1-4 December 2015 [tentative]   location: TBA  

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  

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  

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: 18-29 May 2016   location: Bonn, 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 30 November-11 December 2016, at a venue to be determined.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2016   location: TBA  

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