Upcoming Events

Global Online Discussion on Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs

This moderated, global online discussion on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seeks to involve stakeholders including civil society, academia, the private sector and STI experts on a series of questions addressing: the need of STI for the achievement of the SDGs; opportunities and challenges for maximizing the contribution of STI to the achievement of the SDGs; key elements that countries and international organizations may need to take into account in formulating action plans and/or roadmaps for STI for the SDGs; how to deploy existing knowledge and new, innovative solutions and technologies and make them more readily available to those who need them; and the success criteria and focal questions of the STI Forum in the coming years. The discussion will feed into the First Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) scheduled to take place from 6-7 June 2016, in New York, US.  

dates: 4 April - 6 May 2016   location: virtual  

ECOSOC Integration Segment 2016

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

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

Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption and Production

This conference will explore the challenges of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany, with a particular focus on natural resources and sustainable consumption and production. Through interactive panel discussions and parallel dialogue forums, the event will assess the role of partnerships for collaboration and mutual learning to achieve the SDGs within and outside Germany, including regarding core issues such as efficient resource use, food security and nutrition, bioenergy, land use, the rural-urban continuum, and follow-up and review. The event is co-hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Germanwatch e.V. and the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+Centre).  

dates: 2-4 May 2016   venue: Andel's Hotel, Landsberger Allee 106, 10369 Berlin   location: Berlin, Germany  

ADB Board of Governors 49th Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to provide: guidance on ADB administrative, financial and operational directions; and the opportunity for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations, the media and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academia and the private sector. The annual meetings, which are held in a member country in late April or early May and include the participation of finance and economic planning ministers, senior government officials, representatives of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and investment bankers, aim to discuss challenges and explore solutions facing Asia and the Pacific.  

dates: 2-5 May 2016   venue: Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1   location: Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany  

30th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe

The 30th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe will include a ministerial roundtable on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their implications for agriculture and rural development in Europe and Central Asia. The conference will also address the priorities for FAO's work in the region, including trends, development objectives, challenges, and priority setting in the next programming cycle in preparation for the Medium-Term Plan 2018-2021. The conference will be preceded by a consultation of civil society organizations on 2-3 May and a Committee on World Food Security (CFS) multi-stakeholder dialogue on 3 May. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

dates: 4-6 May 2016   location: Alanya, Antalya, Turkey  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 6

This is the sixth of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 5 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Climate Action 2016

Announced at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, Climate Action 2016 will convene government, business and municipal leaders, civil society and academia to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation. This high-level gathering aims to complement and promote ongoing climate action on cities, land use, resilience, energy, transport, tools for decision makers, and finance. Organizing partners include: the World Bank; the Global Environment Facility (GEF); the Compact of Mayors; the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); We Mean Business; and the University of Maryland.  

dates: 5-6 May 2016   location: Washington D.C., US  

33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33)

The 33rd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC) will meet under the theme ‘Promoting food security, blue growth and empowerment of small-scale farmers and women in North East and North Africa (NENA) region'. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the contribution of livestock to food security in NENA; implementation of the Blue Growth Initiative in the region; and the empowerment of small-scale farmers and women. Conference participants will also be briefed on the regional office's progress in implementing recommendations made at the previous regional conference, and discuss programme and budget matters. The meeting will focus on FAO priority activities in the region, including the decentralization process, as well as achievements regarding the three regional initiatives: ‘Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition'; ‘The Regional Initiative on Small-Scale Agriculture for Inclusive Development'; and ‘Water Scarcity Initiative.' The Conference will start with a three-day meeting for Senior Officers designated by their governments, followed by a Ministerial Meeting on 12 and 13 May 2016. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

dates: 9-13 May 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

The 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) will bring Member States and indigenous peoples' representatives together around the theme, 'Indigenous peoples: conflict, peace and resolution.' The session will address: implementation of the six mandated areas of the PFII with reference to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); conflict, peace and resolution; and coordination among the three UN mechanisms on indigenous affairs. A dialogue will take place with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Chair of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The session will also consider the future work of the PFII, and emerging issues.  

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

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Strengthening the UN's Role in Peace and Security

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will hold a high-level thematic debate to examine how to strengthen the UN's role and coherence in the area of peace and security. The event is expected to identify synergies from three review processes related to peace and security taking place at the UN (peace operations review, peacebuilding activities review, and global study on women, peace and security). The event will also be informed by preparatory discussions, including workshops and meetings organized by Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society and the private sector. The debate is one of three high-level events that the President will convene during UNGA 70.  

dates: 10-11 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

2016 Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshop

This invitation-only event will bring together experts and representatives from governments, international organizations, scientific institutions, civil society and business to discuss ' Sustainable Development Goals for the Ocean: Turning Commitment into Action'. Among other issues, the workshop will focus on: a follow-up and review framework to monitor ocean-related issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; strategies for capacity building at different scales; and regional approaches. The workshop is hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS, Potsdam) in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI, Paris), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Kiel Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean'.  

dates: 12-13 May 2016   venue: IASS Potsdam, Berliner Str. 130, 14467 Potsdam, Germany   location: Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany  

72nd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The 72nd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will be held under the theme, 'Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development'. The session will comprise: a senior officials segment from 15-17 May, which will, inter alia, review the work of ESCAP's subsidiary structures and consider the draft strategic framework for 2018-2019; and a ministerial segment from 17-19 May, which will discuss policy issues, including challenges to inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in the region, and the publication of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016. The Special Body on Least Developed, Landlocked Developing and Pacific Island Developing Countries will meet on 16 May.  

dates: 15-19 May 2016   venue: UN Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue Bangkok   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Women Deliver 2016

As a leading, global advocate for girls' and women's health, rights, and wellbeing, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive investments and progress, particularly in maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. The focus of this fourth global conference will be on how to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so they matter most for girls and women, with a specific focus on health – in particular maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights – and on gender equality, education, environment, and economic empowerment.  

dates: 16-19 May 2016   location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark  

44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The forty-fourth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) will convene in May 2016.  

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

Forum on Shaping Smarter and More Sustainable Cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals

Organized by the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), this Forum aims to: analyze and discuss the concept of smart sustainable cities; map current national and international initiatives on this topic; identify key challenges and opportunities; examine various standards, indicators and methodologies for assessing the performance of cities; and discuss the potential of smart sustainable cities for bolstering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

dates: 18-19 May 2016   venue: Temple of Hadrian, Piazza di Pietra   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Capacity Development to Improve Management of ABNJ Workshop during Blue Week Grenada 2016

This workshop, titled ‘Capacity Development to Improve Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Needs, Experiences, Options and Opportunities,' will bring together governments, international organizations, civil society and regional and national leaders to advance capacity on ABNJ and formulate next steps on capacity development related to marine resource management, especially with regard to a legally-binding international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Global Ocean Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the University of Delaware and partners are organizing the event, which will take place during Blue Week and Investment Conference, from 14-22 May. The Conference aims to harness the blue growth paradigm into a package of bankable projects as well as to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 14.7 to “increase the economic benefits to small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.”  

dates: 18-21 May 2016   location: Saint George's, Saint George, Grenada  

UNEP Science-Policy Forum

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) presenting this two-day event in the lead-up to the Second UN Environment Assembly meeting (UNEA-2), bringing together policy-makers and advisors; the scientific and research community including citizen scientists; representatives of Member States; media and communication specialists; and Major Groups and Stakeholders engaged in supporting the delivery of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A high-level panel will discuss challenges and opportunities at the science-policy interface to deliver on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Parallel sessions will take place on two tracks, on the topics of: sustainable consumption and production (SCP); resource efficiency; the water-food-energy nexus; forestry, mining and extractives; oceans, coastal areas and marine cosystems; natural resources; and oceans, coastal areas and marine ecosystems; and air quality, sand and dust storms. UNEP will present highlights from its sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), and other reports. UNEP will present a summary of the forum discussions to the Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum taking place from 21-22 May, and to UNEA-2, which takes place from 23-27 May 2016. The forum is organised with partners, including the UN University, Future Earth, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).  

dates: 19-20 May 2016   venue: UNEP Headquarters, United Nations Avenue, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016

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

date: 22 May 2016   location: worldwide  

World Humanitarian Summit

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

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

2016 AFDB Annual Meetings

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

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

Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

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

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

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time (UNEA-2) in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system.  

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

Thirty-sixth Session of ECLAC

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will bring together Ministers of Foreign Affairs, senior representatives from ECLAC member States, and other international organization and civil society stakeholders to reflect upon the region's development strategies in the context of commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The session will consider an ECLAC position document, titled ‘Horizon 2030: Equality at the Centre of Sustainable Development' during a high-level seminar from 26-27 May. Additional sessions will consider: implementing the 2030 Agenda from the perspective of social and economic inclusion; regional dimensions of follow-up on the 2030 Agenda; South-South cooperation; social policies for equality; industrial policies for structural change; and macroeconomics for sustainable development. The session will also address a report on the activities of the Commission since its 35th session and a report on the activities of the subsidiary bodies of ECLAC and the outcomes of intergovernmental meetings organized by ECLAC since its 35th session.  

dates: 23-27 May 2016   venue: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores), Plaza Juárez 20, Colonia Centro Delegación Cuauhtémoc Ciudad de México   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

QCPR Training 2016 – Module III

The third module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016, titled ‘Funding for UN operational activities for development,' will discuss current trends, core vs. non-core challenges, possible opportunities to ensure adequate, predictable, and flexible funding to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the implications of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The QCPR Training 2016 is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.  

date: 24 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Fifth Meeting of the HLG for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda

The High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG) is meeting for the fifth time. The meeting will review and discuss the Global Action Plan for Data, and further prepare for organizing the UN World Data Forum. The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) created the HLG at the 46th UNSC session on 6 March 2015, with the aim of establishing a global partnership on sustainable development data. The HLG is composed of UN Member States and includes regional and international agencies as observers, and has been tasked with providing strategic leadership for the sustainable development goal implementation process in relation to statistical monitoring and reporting. The HLG reports annually to the UNSC, and so far, has met four times. The first and second times were by teleconference in October and November 2015 respectively, and then two meetings were held in New York, US from 14-15 January and 6 March 2016 respectively.  

dates: 25-26 May 2016   location: Budapest, Hungary  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 7

This is the last of seven workshops to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will consider Emerging interlinkages between the 6 ECOSOC Dialogue areas; and Options/proposals emerging from the workshops. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 26 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

G7 Summit 2016

The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Summit in Japan will bring together the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US to address global challenges. Under the Presidency of Japan, the 2016 Ise-Shima Summit will discuss measures to address the global economic slowdown, terrorism, the humanitarian crisis and ongoing conflicts. Separate meetings of G7 ministers will also take place through the year at various locations around Japan, including meetings of foreign, finance, agriculture, ICT, energy, education, science and technology, environment, health and transport ministers. The G7 was officially established in 1985 to facilitate economic cooperation among the world's largest industrial nations; summit meetings of the member nations began in 1975.  

dates: 26-27 May 2016   venue: Kashikojima, Mie Prefecture   location: Japan   additional: Ise-Shima Summit in Mie Prefecture  

Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action

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

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

Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD)

The Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) will bring together governments from the Arab region, UN and regional organizations, Major Groups and other stakeholders to discuss Arab perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to enhance political commitments to begin work on the 2030 Agenda in the region. Participants will discuss and agree on future operational modalities of the AFSD as the primary regional platform for cohesive, coordinated implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the region. The meeting is expected to result in a set of findings and recommendations that will be submitted to and presented at the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 29th UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Ministerial Session.  

dates: 29-30 May 2016   location: Amman, Jordan  

OECD Forum 2016

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Forum 2016 brings together current and former Heads of State and Government, CEOs, leaders of NGOs and trade unions and other stakeholders annually to debate pressing economic and social challenges confronting society. This year's session will focus on the theme, 'Productive Economies, Inclusive Societies'. Sessions will include: Idea Factories to foster collaboration and highly focused conversations to drive surprising approaches and new solutions; Discovery Labs, which include debates and launches; Food for Thought Lunch Debates; Lunch Panels; and Discussion Cafes. The Forum will include the following events: Civil Society Day, on 30 May; the Forum, on 31 May; and the Forum, on 1 June. A Ministerial Meeting will take place on 1-2 June.  

dates: 30 May - 1 June 2016   venue: OECD Conference Center, 2 rue André Pascal, 75116   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity

The eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will focus on 'Food systems for a sustainable future: interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture,' with a view to identifying approaches for the achievement of mutually beneficial and sustainable outcomes, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will be hosted by the Government of Norway in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank.  

dates: 31 May - 3 June 2016   location: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway  

Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans

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

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

OECD Ministerial Council Meeting 2016

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) will take place at the end of the 2016 OECD Forum. Among other topics, it is expected to discuss the OECD's strategic response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including comments from civil society on a consultation draft that outlines OECD's expected contributions to the SDGs, including the adaption of OECD tools to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and an Action Plan.  

dates: 1-2 June 2016   venue: OECD headquarters, 2 rue André Pascal, 75116   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 2

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

dates: 1-3 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 7

This is the last of seven sessions to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will take place during the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting, and will discuss progress and next steps. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for in ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

date: 3 June 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

World Environment Day 2016

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

date: 5 June 2016   location: worldwide  

First annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum)

Mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Multi-stakeholder Forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will address the topic "realizing the potential of science, technology and innovation for all to achieve the sustainable development goals." The STI Forum is part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) and is expected to "provide a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and capacity-building, and also in order to help facilitate development, transfer and dissemination of relevant technologies for the Sustainable Development Goals."  

dates: 6-7 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber   location: New York City, US  

50th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets

Convened as a "one-off" open-ended working group, this meeting will finalize the outcomes of the High-Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets in June 2015, in order to present recommendations to the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43) for endorsement. The meeting follows a request by CFS 42 that the HLF outcomes, including the good practices and lessons presented in the background document and during the discussion, be further analyzed with a view to preparing a set of draft policy recommendations and practices. The meeting is expected to identify potential recommendations and practices aimed at overcoming barriers and maximizing opportunities for smallholders, as well as set out a process to finalize and agree on the final version of the document to be presented to the CFS 43 in October 2016.  

dates: 8-9 June 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Implementation Sendai Framework 2015-2030 (Americas)

This meeting will discuss the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and define regional priorities for its implementation in the Americas. Recommendations emanating from the meeting will provide the basis for further discussion and analysis with a broader range of stakeholders in the framework of the Regional Platform for DRR 2016. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR AM).  

dates: 8-9 June 2016   location: Asuncion, Nueva Asuncion, Paraguay  

Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference

This conference will address: the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the pan-European region, including multilateral environmental agreements, mechanisms, policies and institutions supporting the 2030 Agenda, and review of the pan-European environment. It will also discuss: 10 years of education for sustainable development; greening the economy in the pan-European region; and improving air quality for a better environment and human health. The ‘Environment for Europe' process is a partnership of member States within the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, UN and other intergovernmental organizations, regional environmental centers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and other major groups. The Environment for Europe process and its Ministerial Conferences provide a high-level platform for stakeholders to discuss environmental priorities across the 56 UNECE countries. It focuses, in particular, on helping countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and of South-Eastern Europe to improve their environmental standards. This meeting is being organized by the UNECE.  

dates: 8-10 June 2016   venue: Batumi Sheraton Hotel, 26-28 Rustaveli Avenue   location: Batumi, Adjara, Georgia  

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

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

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

World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2016

This year's World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will take place under the slogan 'Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People'. The global observance event will take place in Beijing, China, and will be hosted by the State Forestry Administration of China. The event will showcase China's new development strategy, 'The Belt and Road,' which aims to strengthen cooperation to combat desertification and land degradation, primarily in Eurasia. During the celebrations, China will launch the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action to Combating Desertification Initiative' together with interested countries and stakeholders. WDCD 2016 activities will also seek to demonstrate how the target of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) can be a critical element for achieving other sustainable development as well as climate goals.  

date: 17 June 2016   location: worldwide  

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

This is the last of three retreats to be organized as part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system. It will discuss emerging findings and conclusions in ECOSOC dialogue areas, and the way forward. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called by ECOSOC resolution 2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome should serve as key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR) to be issued in August 2016.  

dates: 17-18 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit

The UN Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit 2016 aims to stimulate action by businesses on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to drive markets and the development of sustainable products, services and business innovations. Companies will provide examples of transforming operations and strategies to advance the SDGs through responsible business practices and finding opportunities for growth and innovation. The Summit will include UNGC's SDG Awards, honoring sustainability entrepreneurs and innovators who exemplify business “as a force for good.” It will bring together chief executives, and leaders from civil society, government and the UN.  

dates: 22-23 June 2016   venue: Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway   location: New York City, US  

QCPR Training 2016 – Module IV

The fourth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016, titled ‘Perspectives from the field,' will discuss the operational implications of a universal and unified development agenda requiring an integrated and tailored response to the increasingly diversified needs and priorities of countries (including the DAO approach, the UNDAF process, the UN Resident Coordinator system, the simplification and harmonization efforts for business practices, as well as challenges and opportunities to ensure a UN development system that is “fit-for-purpose”). The QCPR Training 2016 is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.  

date: 23 June 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2016

The 2016 session of the UN Economic and Social Council will focus on the theme "Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results". The Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) will discuss how the outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 will help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 27-29 June 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 8 - Conclusion

The eighth formal session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN Development System will mark the conclusion of the dialogue. The ECOSOC dialogue was called for in Resolution E/2014/14, where the Council decided to convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue involving Member States and all relevant stakeholders on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue process consists of both formal and informal sessions over an 18-month period, and its outcome is expected to be a key input to the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the UN system (QCPR), to be issued in August 2016.  

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

Meeting of the Praia Group on Governance Statistics

The Praia Group on Governance Statistics was formally established by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2015 (UNSC 46). The overall objective of the Group is to encourage countries to produce governance statistics based on sound and documented methodologies. The Group is developing a handbook on governance statistics for national statistical offices (NSOs), which will cover the conceptualization, measurement methodology and dissemination of governance statistics. The first meeting took place in Praia City, Cabo Verde, in June 2015, where members prepared a road map for 2016-2020. In March 2016, UNSC 47 adopted the report of the Group (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/47th-session/documents/2016-16-Praia-group-on-governance-statistics-E.pdf), welcomed and supported the proposed road map and actions towards developing the handbook; and requested the Group to report to UNSC 49, in 2018. The Commission also welcomed the Group's support for developing indicators for SDG 16.  

dates: 4-6 July 2016   venue: OECD Headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

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

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

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

32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries

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

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

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

The Fourth High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place on 11-15 July 2016, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 18-20 July 2016. The theme of the 2016 session will be 'Ensuring that no one is left behind,' as decided in an ECOSOC plenary session on 14 March 2016.  

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

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Human Rights

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will hold a high-level thematic debate on human rights. The event aims to discuss the UN's role in human rights related to gender equality, governance and the rule of law and institution building. The event also will emphasize the needs of individuals affected by conflicts and disasters, particularly refugees. This event is one of three high-level events that the President will convene during UNGA 70.  

dates: 12-13 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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

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

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

Partnership Exchange

Organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP), this event will serve as a forum to enhance the global partnership for sustainable development. On the theme 'Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals through Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships: Ensuring that No One is Left Behind,' the 2016 Partnership Exchange will provide a space for dialogue among multi-stakeholder partnerships and government officials, policy makers, UN entities and Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGOS), for showcasing the work of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Partnership Exchange will take place during the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and it will be open to all participants of the Forum. All stakeholders involved in multi-stakeholder partnerships are encouraged to submit a short progress report of their initiative through the Partnerships for SDGs online platform. The reports will be used by the UN Secretariat to inform stakeholders, partners and the HLPF, of how partnership initiatives are advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Results of submissions will also be used by the UN Secretariat to conduct a mapping of multi-stakeholder partnerships that will be presented at the Partnership Exchange.  

date: 18 July 2016   venue: UN Conference Building, Conference Room 1   location: New York City, US  

ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2016

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

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

OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol

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

dates: 18-23 July 2016   location: TBA  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 3

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

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

Habitat III PrepCom

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

dates: 25-27 July 2016   location: Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia  

ECOSOC 2017 Organizational Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its 2017 Organizational Session at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. ECOSOC its expected to discuss and agree on its Programme of Work from July 2016 to July 2017.  

dates: 28-29 July 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment

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

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

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress will focus on the theme "Planet at the Crossroads". Among other objectives, the World Congress will launch the Hawai'i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The IUCN World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

dates: 1-10 September 2016   location: Honolulu, HI, US  

Global Green Growth Week 2016

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW2016), which will meet under the theme 'Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth,' will provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, leverage green growth opportunities and promote the delivery of pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable growth. The event, which is being organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations. Participants will look at green growth policy, research, partnerships, financing and technology through policy dialogues, panel discussions, capacity-building workshops, country-focused briefings and technology exhibits. GGGW2016 will include: the Global Green Growth Summit, which will address the challenges of developing bankable projects and innovative green finance; the 4th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which will highlight the latest research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive growth; the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue, during which ministers will discuss policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from coal use and toward green growth powered by renewable energy; the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership, which will strengthen cooperation to increase green investment in developing countries; the launch of the GGGI-New Climate Economy (NCE) Africa Initiative and the regional launch of the 2016 NCE report, which will support African policymakers navigate the development-climate change nexus; the Green Growth Fair and Technology Exhibit; country focus sessions showcasing more than 30 GGGI projects; the 9th session of the GGGI Council and the 5th session of the GGGI Assembly; and site visits to showcase Jeju Island's renewable energy and green growth projects.  

dates: 5-9 September 2016   venue: International Conventional Centre   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea  

Fourth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform

This conference will meet under the theme ‘Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth' and is being convened as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016, to be held from 5-9 September 2016 in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. It will highlight research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive green growth and strengthen the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) objective of delivering pro-poor, socially inclusive green growth through best policy practices and strategically aligned efforts by international organizations. The conference will focus on links to policy outcomes and practical applications for delivering inclusive green growth in developing countries and emerging economies. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers in plenary and parallel sessions to: discuss the latest findings on policies and practices that stimulate inclusive green growth; identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices; and build practitioner skills and define future research, knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. More specifically, sub-themes and session topics will address: strategy and policy, including distributional impacts from transitioning to green growth, inclusive green growth strategies, the informal economy, and tracking progress with green growth metrics and indicators; participation and empowerment, such as gender-balanced participation in green growth initiatives, skills and capacities for transitioning to green growth, green social enterprises, and information and communication technologies as catalysts for green growth; fiscal policy and finance, including fiscal reform, inclusive finance and impact investing, and insurance solutions; and sectors, including pro-poor natural resources and land use management, green cities as green growth drivers, investments for green energy access, and inclusive water management and governance.  

dates: 6-7 September 2016   venue: International Conventional Centre   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea  

47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meetings

This Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meetings include: the Smaller Islands States (SIS) Leaders Meeting, on 7 September; the Pacific African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Leaders Meeting and official opening of the 47th Pacific Islands Forum, on 8 September; the 47th Pacific Islands Forum plenary session, on 9 September; the forum leaders' retreat, on 10 September; and the 28th post-forum dialogue partners plenary session, on 11 September.  

dates: 7-11 September 2016   venue: Pohnpei   location: Federated States of Micronesia  

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  

UNGA High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

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

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

US-hosted Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis

US President Barack Obama will host a Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis that will seek to secure new commitments towards: increased and sustained support for UN humanitarian appeals; greater opportunities for resettlement; and expanded opportunities for refugee self-reliance through access to education, legal employment, and other measures. The summit was announced by Permanent Representative of the US Samantha Power during her presidency of the UN Security Council, in December 2015. The summit will be preceded by a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting on large movements of refugees and migrants.  

date: 20 September 2016   location: New York City, US  

2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development

The fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), on the theme ‘Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice,' will bring together members of the research, policy, practice and business communities to share practical solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local and national levels. The Conference will focus on four thematic areas: Innovation in Technology and Governance; Data (data systems, gaps, how to collect); The Science-Policy-Implementation Interface; and Education and Training. The main topics for discussion will be: Low Carbon Urban Development; Socially Inclusive Economic Growth; Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition; and Disaster Resiliency and Adaptation. Registration to participate is open until 1 September 2016.  

dates: 21-22 September 2016   venue: Lerner Hall, Columbia University   location: New York City, US  

CITES CoP17

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

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

Mayors' Summit

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

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

39th Session of the ICAO Assembly

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

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

QCPR Training 2016 – Module V

The fifth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016, titled ‘Briefing in preparation for QCPR negotiations,' will summarize the key elements of the previous modules, and the key messages of the UN Secretary-General's report on the QCPR. It will explain the QCPR process, and discuss ideas on the potential of the QCPR. The QCPR Training 2016 is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.  

date: 1 October 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

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

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

International Dialogue on Migration 2016: Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs (II)

This workshop will take place in October 2016, in Geneva, to review the results of initiatives on monitoring the migration-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target. Sponsored by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), this second workshop will be followed by a one day Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) meeting. The results of International Dialogue on Migration 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication, and will constitute an input to the December 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Dhaka.  

dates: 11-12 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Organized by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the 5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders will convene under the theme ‘Local Voices for a Better World'. The Summit will bring together over 3000 stakeholders to: promote the recommendations, practices and experiences of local and regional authorities; help ensure they are realized; and create a space for meeting and exchange among local and regional elected officials, as well as communities. UCLG will also present new formats exploring the structural changes required to face existing challenges and approach development from a different perspective, including integrating the UCLG family into one "Network Hub" where ideas can be shared and exchanged. The Summit will also aim to advance recommendations on the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and feed into the UN Conference on Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held the 17 to 20 October 2016, in Quito, Ecuador and its expected outcome, the New Urban Agenda.  

dates: 12-15 October 2016   location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia  

Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) Meeting

Immediately after the conclusion of the second workshop of the International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2016, which is addressing the theme, ‘Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs, ‘ the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold a one-day meeting of the Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP). The GRCP will bring together representatives of States and international organizations for an informal, non-binding dialogue on ways to enhance inter-regional cooperation, showcasing best practices towards achieving migration-related targets at the regional level. The results of IDM 2016 and the GRCP will be consolidated in a publication, constituting an input to the December 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit in Dhaka.  

date: 13 October 2016   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

CFS Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Nutrition

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Forum on Urbanization, Rural Transformation and Implications for Food Security and Nutrition will address challenges and opportunities resulting from rapid urbanization and the transformation of agriculture, food systems and rural spaces. Building on the outcomes of reports of the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), it will discuss areas for policy consideration, including: inclusive growth; poverty eradication; economic, environmental and social sustainability; support of local food systems and economies; and food security and nutrition. The aim of the Forum is to develop a better understanding of issues at stake and identify areas of intervention and potential roles for the CFS.  

date: 14 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Habitat III

The 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: 17-20 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

World Mountain Forum 2016

The 2016 World Mountain Forum (WMF) will convene under the theme, 'Mountains for our Future,' and will explore opportunities for sustainable mountain development in the context of the recently adopted Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The forum will focus on four sub-themes: mountains and climate change; mountain communities and livelihoods; mountain ecosystem services; and sustainable mountain agriculture. The meeting is jointly organized by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda, with financial and technical support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as well as diverse partners from around the world involved in the SDC-funded Sustainable Mountain Development for Global Change (SMD4GC) programme. The previous WMF took place in Cusco, Peru, in 2014.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Mbale, Eastern, Uganda  

43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security

The 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is expected to address a series of items arising from its Multi-year Programme of Work, including: nutrition; engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); connecting smallholder farmers to markets; urbanization, rural transformation and implications for food security and nutrition; and monitoring. A thematic event is expected to share experiences and take stock of the use and application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

UNCCD CRIC 15

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) decided to convene a special session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC15) to discuss methodological questions relating to reporting. This special session of the CRIC will address enhancing synergies in national reporting requirements under the UNCCD, and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target.  

dates: 17-21 October 2016 [tentative]   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

IWC66

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

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

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

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  

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  

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 7-18 November 2016. Morocco has offered to host this COP.  

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

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  

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

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

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

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

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

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

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  

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  

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  

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: Fiji  

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

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

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

UNFCCC COP 23

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

dates: 6-17 November 2017   location: TBA  

Ninth World Urban Forum

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

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

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