Upcoming Events

IPCC 40

The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 40) will be held to adopt the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5) Synthesis Report and approve its Summary for Policy Makers. Subsequently, in December 2014, a copy of the Synthesis Report will be presented to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark  

Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Americas

The Regional Pre-Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands for the Americas region will take place from 27-31 October.  

dates: 27-31 October 2014   location: Colombia  

Fifth Global Gathering of The Access Initiative

The Fifth Global Gathering of The Access Initiative (TAI) will focus on the theme, ‘Using Information, Data and Technology to Protect Forests and Strengthen the Rights of Forest Dependent Communities'. The global gathering will bring together partners, civil society organizations and community and indigenous leaders to discuss innovations and capacity building on key themes related to environmental governance.  

dates: 29-31 October 2014   location: Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia  

Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015

This workshop is being convened as a contribution to the work of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) in order to consider options for a future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). The country-led initiative workshop will build on the work of the first Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG1), which considered views from Parties on the matter as well as the report of the Independent Assessment. The results of the workshop will be submitted to the second AHEG as well as to the eleventh session of the UNFF.  

dates: 29-31 October 2014   location: Beijing, China  

42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee

The 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will convene prior to the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by the COP.  

dates: 2-3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel

This Ministerial Panel will be held at the venue of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP 11). Ministers and other dignitaries will debate how to reconcile the concepts of “Rights of Nature” and the “Green Economy” in the context of the depletion of natural resources, including wildlife.  

date: 3 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)

The 10-year Review Conference on the Implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action, titled ‘Addressing the Special Needs of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) within a New Global Framework for Transit Transport Cooperation for Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries in 2014,' will aim to: undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action; identify international, regional, subregional and national international trade and transit transport cooperation policies and review transit transport systems within the context of new and emerging challenges, partnerships and opportunities; reaffirm the global commitment to addressing the special development needs of and the challenges faced by LLDCs; and mobilize international support and action by and for LLDCs, including the formulation and adoption of a renewed development partnership framework for the next decade. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Conference held its first meeting on 12-13 June 2014. The second meeting will take place on 2-3 October 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, preceded by informal consultations on the zero draft text of the outcome document.  

dates: 3-5 November 2014   location: Vienna, Wien, Austria  

39th Meeting of COTED

The 39th meeting of the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Ministerial Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) will consider, inter alia, approval of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)/SIDS Sustainable Energy Initiative (SIDS DOCK) proposal for creating a Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), and deciding which CARICOM member country will host it.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   venue: CARICOM headquarters   location: Guyana   additional: Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown  

Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6)

As mandated in the resolution on arrangements in the interim period adopted by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC) on mercury established pursuant to Governing Council decision 25/5 will meet during the period between the date on which the Convention is opened for signature and the date of the opening of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention as may be necessary to facilitate the rapid entry into force of the Convention and its effective implementation upon its entry into force.  

dates: 3-7 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC)

The annual meeting of the ITTC will consider progress in the implementation of International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) projects and activities in support of the sustainable management of tropical forests and the promotion of trade in sustainably produced tropical timber.  

dates: 3-8 November 2014   location: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan  

CMS COP 11

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial meeting on 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

dates: 3-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

The Fifth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will emphasize accomplishing the three Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) objectives through a regional agenda and sharing of experiences, namely universal access to modern energy services, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030 globally. The Forum is organized by the Government of Tunisia and the UN Economic Commissions for Europe, Western Asia, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. A high-level dialogue on 'International Cooperation towards Sustainable Energy for All' is expected to adopt a declaration reaffirming the roles of key stakeholders and calling for joining efforts to achieve the SE4All objectives. The forum will also include a workshop on energy efficiency investments and the launch of a new UN Development Account project on promoting renewable energy investments.  

dates: 4-6 November 2014   location: Hammamet, Nabeul, Tunisia  

Fourth Meeting of Signatory Countries of Principle 10 Declaration in LAC

The Fourth Meeting of the Focal Points designated by the Governments of the Signatory Countries of the Principle 10 Declaration in Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to define the nature and content of the regional instrument. The public is encouraged to participate in the process through a Public Regional Mechanism.  

dates: 4-6 November 2014   venue: ECLAC Headquarters, Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477   location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile  

Social Pre-COP

The Social PreCOP will be held from 4-7 November 2014, ahead of UNFCCC COP 20. It will welcome civil society organizations from all over the world, including those attending the UNFCCC negotiations or involved in other UN processes, as well as organizations with no formal UN status. The Social Pre-COP will, inter alia: provide civil society with an opportunity to contribute ideas and proposals for the new climate agreement; ensure that its agenda is aligned with the current themes negotiated under the Convention to enable viable inputs to the formal process; and facilitate regional balance and different perspectives. The agenda includes a social organizations debate, presentations by selected speakers to ministers, and a ministers' meeting. Twitter: @SocialPreCOP  

dates: 4-7 November 2014   location: Caracas, Distrito Federal, Venezuela  

Second Committee Dialogue with Executive Secretaries of UN Regional Commissions

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will hold a dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' The session will seek to provide Member States and other stakeholders with a better understanding of the role the regional dimension can play in catalyzing and mobilizing means of implementation for the agenda. The Regional Commissions will provide examples of how existing regional and sub-regional initiatives and mechanisms are contributing to making the means of implementation available and more readily accessible to countries, and how countries can strengthen their respective capabilities through regional initiatives and mechanisms.  

date: 5 November 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week, hosted by China, will take place in Beijing from 5-11 November, and will include several high-level and other meetings, convened under the theme 'Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership'. Key events taking place during the week are: the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM), from 5-6 November; the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), from 7-8 November; and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), from 10-11 November. Other events hosted during the week include: the APEC CEO Summit, from 8-10 November; APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders; and Leaders' spouse programs. The Leaders' Week will also mark the culmination of the 2014 APEC China Year. APEC's 21 member economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Viet Nam.  

dates: 5-11 November 2014   location: Beijing, China  

43rd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee

The 43rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will meet at the conclusion of the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to CMS. The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the COP. It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to: ensure that decisions are implemented; monitor the budget; make recommendations for consideration by the next COP; provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat; represent the COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat; act as a bureau at the COP; and to undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by  

date: 9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

2015 International Year of Soils Launch in Latin America and the Caribbean

The 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). A regional launch of the IYS in Latin America and the Caribbean will take place during the XX Latin American Congress of Soil Science, which will be held from 9-15 November 2014, in Cusco, Peru. The IYS will be formally launched on 5 December 2014, during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, US.  

dates: 9-15 November 2014   location: Cusco, Peru  

Substantive Informal Meeting on Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

According to the road map circulated by the co-facilitators and updated following consultations with UN Member States on 17 October, the session on 10 November will address the global context, financing across the three dimensions of sustainable development, and implications for sustainable development, including poverty eradication and inequalities. The session on 11 November will address domestic public finance. The session on 12 November will address international public finance, including official development assistance (ODA). The session on 13 November will address private finance (domestic and international) and blended finance.  

dates: 10-13 November 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

IEA World Energy Outlook 2014 Launch

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) 'World Energy Outlook 2014' (WEO 2014) report will be launched on 12 November. The 2014 edition will comprise an analysis of medium- and longer-term energy trends, including latest data and developments of relevance for energy security, the economy and the environment. The report will cover: oil, natural gas and renewables; energy efficiency; energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions; fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies; and universal access to modern energy services. WEO 2014 will also provide in-depth analyses on energy sector investment, Africa and nuclear power. The WEO Special Reports 'World Energy Investment Outlook' and 'Africa Energy Outlook' were released on 3 June and 13 October 2014, respectively.  

date: 12 November 2014   location: worldwide  

G20 Leaders' Summit 2014

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a forum that assembles 19 members plus the EU, representing the world's major economies. General themes include global economy, financial regulation, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The next G20 Summit will take place in Australia, which will work as a troika in defining the next work programme in cooperation with the past (Russian Federation) and future (Turkey) hosts. The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US, as well as the EU.  

dates: 15-16 November 2014   venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)   location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  

ECOSOC Coordination Meeting

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination Meeting to discuss items related to the coordination of the Council, including implementation and follow-up to major UN conferences, summits, and UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions. Other issues for discussion include: long-term programme of support for Haiti; coordination and programme in African countries emerging from conflict; sustainable development; environment; and cartography. ECOSOC will also host a dialogue with the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The Coordination Meeting is part of the 2014 series of ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings.  

dates: 17-18 November 2014   location: New York City, US  

Second Preparatory Committee meeting for Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

A second session of the Preparatory Committee for the Third International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is expected to develop the draft post-2015 DRR framework. In addition to negotiations on this document, technical workshops will convene to address: indicators, monitoring and review process for the post-2015 framework; and integration of disaster risks in financial regulation. The Chair is also expected to hold two dialogue sessions with major groups. The Third International Conference on DRR will be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.  

dates: 17-18 November 2014   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

MOP 26 is scheduled to consider a several issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions and other draft decisions forwarded from the OEWG.  

dates: 17-21 November 2014   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

Second International Conference on Nutrition

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are jointly organising this intergovernmental conference with the participation of Heads of State and Government and other UN agencies. The conference will identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels to address under-nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity. The conference aims to improve coordination among the food, health and agriculture sectors, and is expected to result in a political commitment for action and resource mobilization towards the goal of improved nutrition, contributing to the post-2015 development agenda and the Zero Hunger Challenge. The First International Conference on Nutrition took place in 1992, resulting in a World Declaration and Plan of Action for Nutrition.  

dates: 19-21 November 2014   venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 00153 Rome   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Renewable Energy Latin America and Caribbean Conference and Exhibition (RELACCx)

Organized by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (Lac-Core), RELACCx will focus on renewable energy finance and development in Latin America and the Caribbean. This industry-to-industry event will explore political and financial landscapes, prominent and emerging markets, and existing energy infrastructure, with an eye on providing tools for accelerating renewable energy development in these regions. Scheduled sessions cover: finance, markets and policy; banking perspectives; business models for small-scale renewables; financing utility renewables; project development; financial models; and technologies and markets.  

dates: 20-21 November 2014   venue: El Conquistador A Waldorf Astoria Resort   location: Fajardo, Puerto Rico  

INDM, IGO, IACNDR

The Third Hemispheric Encounter of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM) will consider the theme 'Integrating Disaster Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Development Agenda'. A meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNRD) will take place in parallel on 25 November, followed on 26 November by a Meeting of the Subregional Specialized Inter-governmental Organizations (IGO) on Disaster Risk Management that also serve as the Regional Focal Points for INDM, namely the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC), CARICOM's Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and the Andean Community's Committee for the Prevention and Attention to Disasters (CAPRADE). These meetings will: share experiences and good practices on the basis of the findings and results of studies undertaken in Central America, the Caribbean and Andean region so as to inform public policy to improve national disaster risk management systems; reactivate the ICDM and IACNRD; discuss a strategic plan for the next three to five years; and increase collaboration and coordination between the OAS, sub-regional IGO and UN agencies, particularly the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR), regarding disaster risk management.  

dates: 25-26 November 2014   venue: OAS Headquarters, Hall of the Americas   location: Washington D.C., US  

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations

The expected outcomes of the Forum include: the establishment of a regular platform for basin organizations to debate and work towards improving the governance and management of transboundary freshwater resources; strengthened legal, policy, financial and institutional mechanisms to support basin organizations in meeting environmental challenges for both surface and groundwater resources; priority actions to strengthen the ecosystems in transboundary basins applicable to both surface and groundwater resources identified by stakeholders; and increased political and institutional support to international cooperative frameworks for the sustainable management of transboundary basins. Themes to be discussed include: Ecosystem Resilience and Water Security; The Role of Basin Organizations in the Post 2015 Development Agenda; Environmental Laws and Regulations; and Institutional Challenges.  

dates: 26-28 November 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

UNFCCC COP 20

The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2014 in Peru. Venezuela has offered to host a pre-COP ministerial meeting,  

dates: 1-12 December 2014   location: Lima, Peru  

CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats

This workshop is being organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) with the support from the European Commission. It will bring together nominated experts to discuss the impacts of marine debris on marine and coastal biodiversity and habitats.  

dates: 2-4 December 2014   location: Baltimore, MD, US  

WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), this workshop will include about 14 participants from each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. It aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property system from a traditional knowledge perspective; explain the negotiations taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC); and raise awareness of the available intellectual property tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of traditional knowledge.  

dates: 3-5 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

2015 International Year of Soils Launch

The 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils (IYS). The IYS will be formally launched in an event organized during the 69th session of the UNGA, on 5 December 2014, in New York, US. Concurrent launch events will be held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy, as well as in Bangkok, Thailand, and elsewhere in the world. The launch date coincides with the World Soil Day (WSD). The IYS 2015 will promote awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.  

date: 5 December 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: Rome, Italy; Bangkok, Thailand(multiple cities)  

Transport Day 2014

The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) are organizing Transport Day 2014 during the 20th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The event is organized around the theme 'Transport Tackles Climate Change @ Transport Day 2014' and will feature a series break-out and plenary sessions aiming to raise the profile of the transport sector's climate change mitigation potential. Transport Day will aim to encourage the integration of transport into mitigation and adaptation policy making under the UNFCCC, ensure such and tools and resources as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, and technology transfer are appropriate for the transport sector.  

date: 7 December 2014   venue: Sheraton Hotel, Paseo de la Republica 170   location: Lima, Peru  

International Mountain Day 2014

Organized under the theme 'Mountain Farming,' the 2014 International Mountain Day will focus on highlighting the rapid transformation of family farming in mountain regions driven by population growth and economic globalization, among other factors. The Day is meant to provide opportunities to: raise awareness on the importance of mountains to life; highlight opportunities and constraints in mountain development; and build partnerships for positive change in mountains and highlands, globally. Coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Day will also constitute one of the concluding events of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming and link to relevant FAO publications and programmes.  

date: 11 December 2014   location: worldwide  

Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG

The Second Meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG2) is expected to: review and prioritize proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation for the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4); consider proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action; consider the outcomes of regional meetings; and identify priority issues for consideration at ICCM4.  

dates: 15-17 December 2014   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2)

The Ad Hoc Expert Group to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) will hold its second meeting (AHEG2) in order to review the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF). Expected outputs from AHEG2 include recommendations on an IAF beyond 2015 based on inputs from stakeholders and an independent review of the IAF multi-year programme of work. In order to facilitate its work, AHEG2 will consider input on the future of IAF provided by member States and other stakeholders, as long as such inputs are received before 5 December 2014.  

dates: 12-16 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary

The third session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014 – 2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. In addition, the third session of the IPBES plenary will select the members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) based on the nominations received from governments. The event will be preceded by consultations and a stakeholder day on 10-11 January.  

dates: 12-17 January 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

2015 Zaragoza Conference

The UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference in January 2015 will consider the theme "Water and Sustainable Development" and will focus on how to bring the post-2015 international agenda on water and sanitation into action. More than 300 participants from UN agencies and programmes, experts, representatives of the business community, governmental and non-governmental organizations will participate in the 15-17 January 2015 event in Zaragoza, Spain, to draw conclusions based on existing practice and the exchange of views between governments and stakeholders. This event will take place during the final year of the International Decade for Action 'Water for Life,' and participants will contribute to efforts to take stock of and learn from achievements as well as planning the next steps. This invitation-only event also will help UN-Water to prepare for World Water Day, which will focus on “water and sustainable development” in 2015.  

dates: 15-17 January 2015   location: Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain  

CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture'

Immediately preceding the 15th regular session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), this information seminar will focus on biodiversity and food security.  

date: 17 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.  

dates: 19-23 January 2015   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ

This meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the third of three meetings (April 2014, June 2014 and January 2015) that the UN General Assembly (UNGA) requested be convened. The meetings aim to make recommendations to the UNGA on the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). These three meetings are expected to result in a summary of discussions that will be submitted to the President of the UNGA, and are anticipated to contribute to a decision to be taken at the 69th Session of the UNGA on the development of a new international instrument under UNCLOS.  

dates: 20-23 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The first drafting session will take place on 27-29 January 2015.  

dates: 27-29 January 2015   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America

The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-Building Workshop will focus on sharing and learning from regional experiences on integrated marine and coastal area management, with the aim of holistically achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets 6 and 11. Participants will also discuss scientific and technical tools to support the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including the description of ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs). The SOI is a global platform to enhance capacity and build partnerships to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets related to marine and coastal biodiversity. The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ministry of Environment of Peru and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are convening the meeting. The Japan Biodiversity Fund and the French Marine Protected Areas Agency fund the SOI.  

dates: 23-27 February 2015   location: Lima, Peru  

International Meeting of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Community of Practice

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA) and the facilitator of REGATTA's Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Community of Practice, Practical Action Latin America, are co-organizing this meeting of members of the EbA Community of Practice to strengthen the network, discuss regional experiences in EbA and identify opportunities for collaboration.  

dates: 26-27 February 2015   location: Lima, Peru  

UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

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

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

Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13-16 July 2015. According to UN General Assembly Resolution 68/279, the first draft of the outcome document will be prepared by the co-facilitators on the basis of informal consultations, taking into account inputs from Member States, and presented by February 2015. The Preparatory Process as outlined in the road map issued by the co-facilitators in October 2014 will include three drafting sessions on the outcome document. The second drafting session will take place on 13-17 April 2015.  

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

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF

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

dates: 17-19 April 2015   venue: World Bank Headquarters   location: Washington D.C., US  

3rd Global Soil Week

The 3rd Global Soil Week will provide a platform for discussions on issues related to soils and land, and facilitate the emergence of new initiatives and strengthen existing ones. The Week will be composed of workshops on topics that have emerged since the 1st Global Soil Week: carbon land management; soils and water; land rehabilitation; cities; land governance; economics of land and land degradation; land degradation neutral world (LDNW); soil and biomass for non-food purposes; and soils and food security. In addition, the agenda will include dialogues organized by various stakeholders, and lunch break dialogues with presentations on activities, ideas, research and experiences relating to soils and land. The event is hosted by the Global Soil Forum at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with several UN agencies, intergovernmental and international organizations and German government agencies.  

dates: 19-23 April 2015   location: Berlin, Germany  

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7

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

dates: 3-14 May 2015   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

UN Forum on Forests Eleventh Session (UNFF11)

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

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

Ramsar COP 12

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

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

48th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

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

dates: 3-14 June 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Third Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD

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

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

Third High-level Political Forum

The Third High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 3), which will take place under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will focus on the theme, 'Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015'. The HLPF is mandated to meet every year under the auspices of ECOSOC and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). HLPF 3 will convene on 26 June-2 July and 6-8 July 2015.  

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

VII BRICS Summit

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

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

Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)

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

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

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

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

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

UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was mandated by the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013 (Resolution 68/6). In consultations on organizational modalities for the Summit, Member States are considering holding the summit on 28-30 September 2015, per a revised draft resolution circulated by UNGA President Sam Kutesa on 30 October 2014.  

dates: 28-30 September 2015 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will take place in Lima, Peru, in October 2015. The Annual Meetings bring together ministers of finance and central bank governors from the institutions' 188 member countries, and provide a forum for civil society, the private sector, academics and others to engage in discussions on economic issues.  

date: 1 October 2015   location: Lima, Peru  

29th Session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting in order to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 5-9 October 2015   location: TBA  

49th Meeting of the GEF Council

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

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

UNFCCC COP 21

The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in December 2015, in Paris, France.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2015   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

10th WTO Ministerial Conference

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

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

28th Session of the North American Forest Commission

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the North American region. The meeting is one of six region-specific meetings held every two years in support of the FAO Regional Forestry Commissions.  

dates: 11-16 January 2016   location: Campeche, Mexico  

42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 42nd sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in May 2016.  

dates: 18-29 May 2016   location: Bonn, Germany  

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

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

71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71)

The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.  

dates: 13-26 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York, US  

UNFCCC COP 22

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 30 November-11 December 2016, at a venue to be determined.  

dates: 30 November - 11 December 2016   location: TBA  

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

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

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

25th IUFRO World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) announced the convening of the first World Congress to be held in Latin America. The Congress will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences on forest research and should allow for greater participation among researchers from Latin America.  

date: 1 October 2019 [tentative]   location: Curitiba, Parana, Brazil