Upcoming Events

54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development

The 54th session of the UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD 54) will consider the theme 'Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world'. According to the provisional agenda of the session, the Commission will discuss the follow-up to the 1995 World Summit for Social Development and to the Social Summit+5 held during the 24th special session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2000. It will take into account, among other documents, a note from the UN Secretariat on 'Emerging issues: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: moving from commitments to results for achieving social development'.  

dates: 3-12 February 2016   venue: UN Conference Building, Conference Room 4   location: New York City, US  

Second Session of Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Terminology and Indicators

The second formal session of this expert working group will meet from 10-11 February 2016, preceded by an informal session on 9 February. The meeting will address indicators to measure global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, and DRR terminology. The working group was established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and is comprised of experts nominated by States, and supported by the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), with relevant stakeholder involvement. Its aim is to develop a set of possible indicators and terminology to measure global progress in implementing the Framework in coherence with the work of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).  

dates: 9-11 February 2016   venue: Room XVIII, Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

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. It will discuss funding and organizational arrangements. 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: 10 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS Countries

This conference will explore the linkages among climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety nets and nutrition. It will bring together stakeholders from the research, government and donor communities to: exchange and review knowledge; discuss ongoing research efforts; and identify gaps for improvement and future research in the region. The event will help raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and make development in the region more nutrition sensitive. The conference will address: findings from the Global Nutrition Report (2015) focusing on agriculture and food systems, climate change, nutrition-specific interventions and social safety nets in Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries; nutrition-specific programmes and social protection policies in the region; and evidence-based research on the impacts of climate change on nutrition and vice-versa, as well as agriculture-nutrition linkages. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Eurasian Center for Food Security and the World Bank are organizing this conference, which will take place at Lomonosov Moscow State University.  

date: 11 February 2016     8:00 am to 7:00 pm   venue: Lomonosov Moscow State University   location: Moscow, Moskva, Russian Federation  

UNGA Special Thematic Event on IPoA Implementation

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) is organizing a special thematic event on ‘Building Synergy and Coherence in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda,' with the participation of Member States, civil society, the private sector and academia. The primary objective of the event is to build common ground on how implementation of the IPoA can be enhanced by building synergies and coherence in the implementation of the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event also aims to discuss how to strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development for enabling half the number of the least developed countries (LDCs) to attain the graduation threshold. Participants will be invited to make specific expressions of support to LDCs.  

date: 11 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum

The sixth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum, marking the Forum's 10th anniversary, will set the stage for revisiting the Forum's objective and modalities within the context the relationships between smallholder, family farmers and development actors, taking into account the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) new strategic framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will also review progress this partnership has made. The Forum will be preceded by a special session on pastoralism on 12 February and followed by side events on 18 February. It will also share its messages with IFAD's Governing Council, which will meet from 17-18 February. The Farmers' Forum, established in 2005, is a bottom-up process of consultation and dialogue between smallholder farmers' and rural producers' organizations, IFAD and IFAD member States. The Forum, which aims to strengthen effective partnerships and collaborations between IFAD and farmers' organizations in country programmes and investment projects, meets every two years in conjunction with IFAD's Governing Council.  

dates: 15-16 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition will explore how the application of science and technology, particularly agricultural biotechnologies, can benefit smallholders in developing sustainable food systems and improving nutrition in the context of climate change. It aims to cover the wide spectrum of available biotechnologies, including microbial food fermentation, tissue culture in plants, reproductive technologies in livestock, use of molecular markers, genetic modification and other technologies. A high-level ministerial segment will take place on 16 February.  

dates: 15-17 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   additional: FAO Headquarters  

ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

The ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016 will focus on the theme, ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development'. The conference will discuss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) progress on implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including identification of areas where additional efforts are needed to achieve the Aichi Targets. Over 500 participants are expected to share their experiences in meeting the targets and showcase innovative policies and practices. The meeting will also discuss: access and benefit sharing (ABS); climate change and biodiversity; health and biodiversity; and financing for biodiversity conservation in the ASEAN region, including through the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund. It will include a soft launch of the Second Edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook, which will provide a mid-term report on the progress of ASEAN member States on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The conference will also include a ‘Business and Biodiversity Forum' with representatives from the private sector discussing the link between business and biodiversity.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   venue: Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Second Meeting of the UNEP Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives

The Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives will prepare for the next meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Committee is made up of all accredited Permanent Representatives to UNEP, and is the subsidiary, intersessional entity of UNEA. The Committee is mandated to provide advice to UNEA on policy matters, prepare decisions for adoption by UNEA, and oversee their implementation. The previous OECPR meeting took place in March 2014.  

dates: 15-19 February 2016   venue: UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), UN Avenue, Gigiri   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency

Expanded constituency workshops (ECW) aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

dates: 16-19 February 2016   location: Gaborone, South-East, Botswana  

Second Committee Informal Meeting on Working Methods

The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will meet to discuss, as a tentative topic per the Chair's 26 January "road map," the 'Organization of the agenda of the Committee, with poverty and sustainable development at the core,' aiming to review the Committee's agenda in relation to internationally agreed outcomes, including the identification of duplications and gaps, while taking into account the agendas of the UNGA plenary and Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  

date: 17 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council

The 39th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet under the theme ‘Inclusive investment - Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda'. The meeting has on its agenda, inter alia: the election of the Governing Council's Bureau; a statement of IFAD's President and general statements; the report of the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD's Resources; consolidated financial statements of IFAD for 2014; IFAD's 2016 results-based programme of work and regular and capital budgets, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD's results-based work programme and budget for 2016 and indicative plan for 2017-2018; the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); emoluments of the President; and an update on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Governance. The IFAD Governing Council, which meets annually, is the Fund's principal Governing Body.  

dates: 17-18 February 2016   venue: IFAD Headquarters, Via Paolo di Dono 44   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar: Transformative Financing for the Achievement of Gender Equality by 2030

In preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60), this seminar seeks to explore the state-of-the-art research, identify good practices and lessons learned, and develop recommendations on financing and investment mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality and women's empowerment in the Asia-Pacific Region. Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the meeting will address: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); innovative sources of financing; and strengthening accountability for gender equality financing. A report containing a summary of discussions and recommendations from the meeting is expected to be made available at CSW 60.  

dates: 18-19 February 2016   venue: UN Conference Centre, UN Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

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

This is the sixth 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 Operational Activities Segment of ECOSOC and will focus on country perspectives on the UN development system programme, and operational cooperation. The ECOSOC dialogue has been called for 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: 22-24 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016

The 2016 Session of the ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment is expected to consider a review of progress and lessons learned from the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the UN development system (UNDS).  

dates: 22-24 February 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4)

The fourth session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) will, inter alia, review progress on its work programme. It will, in particular, be invited to consider the two first full assessment reports of IPBES on pollination and pollinators associated with food production, and scenarios analysis and modelling of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The reports will be considered for adoption and their respective summary for policymakers will be considered for approval.  

dates: 22-28 February 2016   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

date: 24 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting

An event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) founding will bring together ministers from around the world and UN partners to discuss how to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete actions and results. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions on: eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind; protecting the planet and sustainable development; ending violence and building peace; and managing risk and building resilience to climate change. Participating ministers will share their vision for how UNDP can contribute to countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is expected to identify key roles for UNDP to assist countries in implementation and monitoring. UNDP will use the meeting recommendations to guide its future work.  

date: 24 February 2016   venue: UN Trusteeship Council Chamber   location: New York City, US  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Africa

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 24-26 February 2016   location: Abuja, Nigeria  

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

date: 25 February 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Second Committee Informal Meeting on Working Methods

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will meet informally to discuss, as a tentative topic based on the Chair's road map of 26 January, the 'Relevance and impact of the work of the Committee in contributing to the international development objectives,' addressing the role of the Second Committee in the emerging architecture for the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Programmes of Action for countries in special situations, and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

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

SDSN Workshop on National Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia chapter is organizing this workshop to: map the current state of countries' preparedness for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); explore the role of science in follow-up and review, especially with regard to accountability; explore interlinkages between national, regional and global levels of implementation; and discuss sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Discussions will take place in a series of four roundtables with participants from Asian and European countries. The Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Malaysia's Office of the Science Advisor, the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), SDSN Japan, SDSN Sweden and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia (ISIS Malaysia) are partnering with SDSN Malaysia to organize the workshop.  

dates: 29 February - 1 March 2016   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

2016 GEF ECW for the Caribbean Constituency

This expanded constituency workshop (ECW) will meet in the Caribbean in a location to be determined. ECWs aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

dates: 1-4 March 2016   location: TBA  

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission

The 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) 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.  

dates: 8-11 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Financing Urban Development

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III. This thematic meeting focuses on financing the New Urban Agenda.  

dates: 9-11 March 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7

The seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC7) for the Minamata Convention on Mercury is scheduled to convene in Jordan. Regional consultations will take place on 9 March 2016.  

dates: 10-15 March 2016   location: Amman, Jordan  

4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves

The Ministry of Environment of Peru (MINAM) through its National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme are hosting the 4th World Congress to address issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Specifically, the goal is to review implementation of the Madrid Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2008-2013, the Seville Strategy and the Statutory Framework of 1995. The Congress will assess lessons learned and new challenges faced by the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and will develop and launch an Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves for 2016-2025.  

dates: 14-17 March 2016   location: Lima, Peru  

17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty

The 2016 edition of this annual conference will convene under the theme, 'Scaling Up Responsible Land Governance' and pay special attention to working at scale, mainstreaming innovations and sustaining investments for greater impact. The main conference will run from 15-17 March and will comprise policy sessions and round-tables on core conference themes. Other key activities will include a pre-conference workshop on innovations in land governance research and monitoring, and a post-conference learning day offering masterclasses to familiarize participants with cutting edge tools and techniques for policy makers. An innovation fair exploring how technology and open data can help improve land governance at scale will also take place.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US  

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

The 14th session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIV) will bring together Heads of State and Government, ministers and leaders from the private sector, civil society and academia to consider how to implement the post-2015 development agenda in relation to global trade and economic development issues. The meeting will decide on UNCTAD's programme of work, and will include ministerial debates, high-level round tables, thematic events, a World Investment Forum and a Civil Society Forum. The Conference will also consider the most appropriate means of delivering on the post-2015 development agenda. The UNCTAD global conference takes place once every four years. UNCTAD is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Twitter: #UNCTADXIV.  

dates: 14-18 March 2016   location: Peru [tentative]  

Third Meeting of IAEG-SDGs

The third meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting is one of two meetings the IAEG-SDGs plans to hold in 2016 to continue its work on the development and establishment of a global indicator framework. The meeting objectives are to: agree on a global reporting mechanism; establish a tier system for the indicators and a work plan for the further development of tier III indicators; establish procedures for the methodological review of indicators, including approval mechanisms of needed revisions; review the data availability for tier I and II indicators and develop a plan for increasing data coverage; develop further guidance on data disaggregation; and continue the discussion on interlinkages among targets and goals and the use of multi-purpose indicators.  

date: 15 March 2016   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

2016 Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event

The 2016 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Annual Event, meeting under the theme ‘Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development,' is being held in observance of International Women's Day. It will bring together business leaders, including female entrepreneurs, with civil society, and UN and government representatives, to scale up business action and unleash the full potential of women and girls. The meeting will include high-level panels and interactive sessions, and will examine how companies around the world are implementing the WEPs and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

dates: 15-16 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development

This annual event takes place around International Women's Day, bringing together business leaders, including innovative female entrepreneurs, with civil society, the UN and governments. The 2016 event will discuss how companies around the world are implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Invitations to attend may be requested through the website.  

dates: 15-16 March 2016   location: New York City, US  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Europe

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 16-18 March 2016   location: Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic  

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 governance and partnership approaches, and capacity and impact, including system-wide capacity needs of the 2030 Agenda. 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: 17 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

International Day of Forests 2016

The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people. It provides a platform to communicate the vital role forests play in poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and food security.  

date: 21 March 2016   location: worldwide  

Preparatory Committee on BBNJ

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

dates: 28 March - 8 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality

President Oh Joon announced, in a briefing on 20 January 2016, that the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a special meeting on inequality.  

date: 30 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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: 30-31 March 2016   location: Asuncion, Nueva Asuncion, Paraguay  

ECOSOC Forum on Partnerships

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will host its annual Forum on Partnerships at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. The Forum brings together a wide range of stakeholders with the aim of creating interactive dialogues to discuss fresh ideas and new ways of thinking on the contribution of partnerships to the selected topic.  

date: 31 March 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Public Spaces

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 4-5 April 2016   location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain  

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 1

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination and Management Meeting (CCM) as part of its role in coordinating the work of the UN Development System. At its CCMs, ECOSOC reviews and approves reports from ECOSOC subsidiary and expert bodies in economic, environmental and social fields as well as reports from expert and ad hoc bodies. The CCM also coordinates and reviews specific development issues with the aim of promoting more integrated responses to specific areas, and considers special country situations or regional issues.  

dates: 4-6 April 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.  

dates: 4-6 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Informal Settlements

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), thematic high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The thematic meetings are expected to result in thematic recommendations that will be considered an official input to Habitat III.  

dates: 7-8 April 2016   location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa  

2016 Annual Meetings of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 31st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) is intended to provide a forum for discussion among the institution's Governors, including finance ministers and central bank presidents, and representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and private banks. A series of seminars will take place prior to the opening of the meeting. In addition to meetings of the Boards of Governors, the meeting will include sessions on, inter alia: the private sector as an engine of growth for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); strengthening financing for the private sector to promote growth; consolidating LAC's participation in global value chains; the Caribbean's energy challenge; protecting productive ecosystems, including the coasts and the ocean, through an integrated approach; a “Blue Urban Agenda”; and the Road to Habitat III. The annual meetings take place in late March or early April each year.  

dates: 7-10 April 2016   venue: Meliá Nassau Beach Resort   location: Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas  

43rd Session of the IPCC

The 43rd session will be the first plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) during 2016 and will be presided over by the newly-elected IPCC Chair, Hoesung Lee.  

dates: 11-13 April 2016   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Latin America and the Caribbean

In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations. The meetings are expected to result in a participants' declaration that will be considered an official input to Habitat III. This regional meeting is expected to take place in February 2016.  

dates: 11-13 April 2016   location: Toluca, Mexico  

ECOSOC Financing for Development (FfD) Forum - Inaugural Session

The inaugural session of the Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will discuss issues pertaining to the follow-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the implementation of its outcome, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The Forum will consist of up to five days, one of which will be the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as additional institutional and other stakeholders. The intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Forum will be fed into the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The deliberations of ECOSOC's Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will also be taken into account.  

dates: 18-22 April 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Special Session of the UN General Assembly on the World Drug Problem

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold a Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem, which will signify an important milestone in achieving goals set in the 2009 policy document ‘Political Declaration and Plan of Action on International Cooperation towards an Integrated and Balanced Strategy to Counter the World Drug Problem'. The policy document sets out goals to be achieved by 2019. The Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has the primary responsibility for drug control matters under the UN and was tasked with coordinating the preparatory process for the UNGASS. The preparatory process includes substantive consultations with UN entities and agencies, relevant international and regional organizations, civil society and other relevant stakeholders. The UNGASS will consist of a general debate and five interactive, multi-stakeholder roundtables on: demand reduction; supply reduction; human rights, women and children; new challenges; and alternative development.  

dates: 19-21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Implementing Commitments on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Financing

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will convene a high-level thematic debate on sustainable development, climate change and financing. This event is one of three high-level events the President will convene during UNGA 70. Lykketoft said on 19 October 2015 that the meeting will involve a range of stakeholders. Per remarks on 15 December 2015, the event will allow for Member States to present the steps they are taking to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to look at inter-connections between Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate change, the broader Paris Agreement and overall implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to share thinking on how to effectively integrate climate action into sustainable development strategies. On this topic, the UN Secretary-General is expected to address how the UN system is moving ahead to support national actions, and there will be a broader discussion on capacity building for achieving the 2030 Agenda. In addition, the event will address how to catalyze means of implementation for the SDGs, including ICTs and financing for “sustainable, resilient and climate smart infrastructure.” Finally, discussions will consider how to foster accountable and transparent multi-stakeholder partnerships to support the 2030 Agenda. In a letter in January 2016, the President announced that the event will take place on 21 April 2016, to align with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement taking place on 22 April (http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/18-Jan_HL-Thematic-Debate-Achieving-the-Sustainable-Development-Goals-18-January-2016.pdf).  

date: 21 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

High-Level Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement

A high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place as a first step in implementing the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015. The Agreement will then be open for signature in New York, US, until 17 April 2017. Countries will also need to adopt the agreement within their own legal systems, through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. The agreement will enter into force when joined by at least 55 countries, which together represent at least 55% of global emissions. The ceremony is taking place on International Mother Earth Day.  

date: 22 April 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Fourth African Regional Conference on Irrigation and Drainage (ARCID)

The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) is organizing this conference, which is hosted by the Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), on the theme, 'Agricultural Land and Water Management for Sustainability under Climate Variability'. The conference will focus on boosting agricultural productivity in Africa, based on irrigation and drainage. Keynote speeches will address: the farm and science interface under climate change; improving agricultural water management in Africa; and Water-Food-Energy nexus challenges at the farm. The conference, which takes place in Aswan City, Egypt, comprises technical sessions, an exhibition and book fair, and a one-day post-conference study tour.  

dates: 26-28 April 2016   venue: Pyramisa Hotel & Resorts   location: Egypt   additional: Aswan City  

Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition

Established under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), this Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition will consider CFS' role in advancing nutrition. It is expected to discuss proposals for a CFS workstream on nutrition, and will convene three times in 2016, with meetings scheduled 14 January, 24 February and 29 April. The OEWG will report to CFS 43 in October 2016 and CFS 44 in October 2017.  

date: 29 April 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

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  

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  

Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

date: 3 May 2016   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

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   venue: University of Maryland campus and downtown venues   location: Washington D.C., US  

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: 5-7 May 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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  

44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 44th sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

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

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 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  

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  

Lomé Conference

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  

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  

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  

ECOSOC Multi-stakeholder Forum on STI - Inaugural Session

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold the inaugural session of the Multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI), part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) agreed in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on Financing for Development (FfD). The Forum, also referred to as the Annual Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, is mandated to facilitate interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships, within and beyond the UN. ECOSOC President Oh Joon announced the tentative dates of the first Forum in a briefing on 20 January 2016.  

dates: 6-7 June 2016 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   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  

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  

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  

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  

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.  

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  

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 Third 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: Jakarta, 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  

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  

High-Level Meeting of UNGA Plenary on Addressing Large Movements of 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, which is scheduled to begin on 20 September. 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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

First Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference

The proposed Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences aims to address the fragmentation of ocean governance by providing a central mechanism for bringing together the ocean community to benchmark and assess progress on implementing targets under proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". The first Conference is expected to address targets related to marine pollution, ecosystems, fisheries, climate change effects and oceans governance. It is expected to be mandated by a resolution of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and feed into the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The Permanent Representative of Fiji outlined plans for the Conferences during a side event on 24 June 2015.  

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