Upcoming Events

Sixth Virtual Meeting of the Working Group on Capacity Building and Cooperation on the Principle 10 Declaration in LAC

The Working Group on Capacity Building and Cooperation will hold its 6th virtual meeting. The working group was established by the Plan of Action to 2014 for the implementation of the Declaration of Principle 10, adopted in April 2013 in Guadalajara, Mexico, in order to advance towards the formulation of a regional instrument. The working group's objective is to formulate a proposal to intensify regional and international cooperation on the basis of training and financing needs and options, for both the public sector and the public in general.  

date: 22 August 2014   location: virtual  

65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference is titled '2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda,' is being organized by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and will focus on the theme of 'The role of civil society in the post 2015 development agenda'. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for civil society networks and activists to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The outcome of the conference will be a declaration that will be shared with the UN system, the UN Member States, the global civil society and other stakeholders.  

dates: 27-29 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

WHO Conference on Health and Climate

This three-day conference, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring together leading experts in the fields of health and climate change, to discuss: strengthening health system resilience to climate risks; and promoting health while mitigating climate change. Within each of these themes the conference will make recommendations on policy options to maximize health benefits, and the specific contribution of the health sector to the objectives.  

dates: 27-29 August 2014   venue: WHO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum for Third International Conference on SIDS Steering Committee

The Division of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing this Forum in collaboration with an 18-member steering committee representing the nine Major Groups, and the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS (Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea) regions. The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) takes place from 1-4 September 2014 on the theme of 'The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships'.  

date: 28 August 2014   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa  

SIDS Pre-Conference Youth Forum

The Youth Forum takes place prior to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and aims to contribute to its dialogue. The Forum will discuss opportunities for young people from SIDS, including partnerships to generate decent work opportunities for youth, engagement of civil society and the private sector in the development process, and sustainable energy needs. The Youth Forum theme is ‘SIDS TALAVOU for Sustainable Development' (Towards a Legacy of Achievement, Versatility, Opportunity through partnership and Unity). Participants will reflect on successful approaches to young people's education, employment and entrepreneurship, and identify what support and guidance is needed to maintain existing partnerships and promote new ones. The one-day forum is preceded by a welcome ceremony and networking event from 6.30-9.30 pm on 27 August.  

date: 28 August 2014   venue: To'oa Salamasina Hall, Sogi, Apia   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa  

SIDS Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum

This pre-conference Forum will take place ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Forum will promote opportunities for Major Groups and other stakeholders from SIDS to develop partnerships with each other and with potential supporters, with the overall aim of promoting the sustainable development of SIDS. The Forum aims to integrate gender equality and human rights advocacy into discussions around SIDS, the Beijing+20 Review and the post-2015 development agenda. Civil society partnerships are envisaged in six priority areas: climate change and disaster risk management; oceans, seas and biodiversity; water and sanitation, food security and waste management; sustainable economic development; sustainable energy; and social development, including health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), youth and women. The Forum is also expected to assist in mobilizing resources for a proposed Civil Society Sustainability Fund. A welcome event will take place on the evening of 28 August.  

date: 29 August 2014   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa  

SIDS Renewable Energy Forum

The Government of New Zealand and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are organising this event ahead of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Forum will highlight the benefits of renewable energy for SIDS, provide an opportunity for mutual learning about relevant policies and practices, and promote partnerships for the deployment of renewable energy in SIDS. The Forum is anticipated to highlight the importance of measurable targets in energy partnerships, and to announce the formation of new partnerships.  

date: 30 August 2014   venue: To'oa Salamasina Hall, Ministry of Women, Community, and Social Development   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa  

SIDS Private Sector Forum

The Government of Samoa, the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) are convening this event prior to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The Forum aims to facilitate interaction and networking between senior business and government leaders to enhance private sector partnerships for SIDS, in six thematic areas of: agriculture; tourism; renewable energy; fisheries and marine resources; disaster risk reduction (DRR); and connectivity, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and transport. The second day of the Forum is a high-level session that is anticipated to produce an outcome document identifying the private sector's priority actions. The Forum will announce a SIDS Global Business Leaders Network. UN-OHRILLS, with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UOSSC) will host a ‘matchmaking space' at the Forum to facilitate business relationships in areas such as agriculture, clean energy and water management.  

dates: 30-31 August 2014   venue: Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Conference Centre   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa  

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This UN conference will include a high-level segment to build upon the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), and will identify new challenges for the sustainable development of SIDS. According to UN General Assembly resolution A/67/L.66, "The General Assembly, recalling its resolution 67/207 of 21 December 2012, in which it welcomed the offer of the Government of the Independent State of Samoa to host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014, decides that the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States shall be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, to be preceded by activities related to the Conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia". In addition, a Partnerships Forum will take place on 30-31 August.  

dates: 1-4 September 2014   location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa  

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

dates: 5-7 September 2014   venue: Yale University   location: New Haven, CT, US  

UNGA High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Contributions to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), John Ashe, is convening a High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda on 'Contributions to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report.' The provisional programme is available, as well as an updated concept note.  

dates: 11-12 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69)

The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. The debate's opening was postponed from Tuesday, 23 September 2014, to accommodate the Climate Summit (resolution A/RES/57/301 and decision 68/512).  

dates: 16 September - 1 October 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Equator Prize Award Ceremony

The Equator Prize Initiative will present awards to the 2014 Prize winners at a high-level ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York, US, on 22 September 2014, as a kick-off to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. The Prize is awarded biannually to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. The event will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: Lincoln Center - Alice Tully Hall   location: New York City, US  

Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD

An 8-hour Special Session to Follow Up on the Programme of Action from the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is being organized to coincide with the high-level segment of the general debate at the UN General Assembly. The General Assembly has urged all Member and observer States and observers to be represented at the highest political level, including Heads of State or Government. Member States will have opportunity to recommit themselves to the ICPD Programme of Action. Civil society is expected to be involved in this meeting, based on equitable geographic representation.  

date: 22 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 1st Avenue between 45th & 46th St, New York   location: New York City, US  

2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Per A/RES/66/296 the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be held as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th UN General Assembly, and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII). The aims of the Conference are to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of indigenous peoples' rights, including to pursue the objectives of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).  

dates: 22-23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Green Standards Week

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing Green Standards Week under the theme, 'Setting the Vision for Smart Sustainable Cities'. The Week will feature a high-level forum on the main theme and forums on related themes, including: 'Green Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for a Sustainable Resource Efficient Economy;' 'E-waste: The Inconvenient Truth;' and 'Using electromagnetic fields (EMF) to Achieve the Smartest Sustainable City'. The last day of the event will be dedicated to the regional meeting of 'ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Asia and the Pacific' (SG5 RG-AP). Overall, the Week will aim to promote: green ICTs as a catalyst to sustainable development; e-waste management; and how ICTs can help build smart, sustainable cities. The Week is expected to attract specialists from a variety of international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, policy-makers, engineers, designers, city planners, government officials, regulators and standards experts. ITU is the UN's ICT agency and coordinates international cooperation on radio spectrum, satellite orbits, communication infrastructure development and standards.  

dates: 22-26 September 2014   venue: Xiyuan Hotel, Hongyun Hall, No.1 Sanlihe Road, Haidian District, 100044   location: Beijing, China  

2014 Climate Summit

The 2014 Climate Summit, which will be organized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place in September 2014 with the aim to mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement in 2015.  

date: 23 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UN Private Sector Forum

The 2014 edition of the UN Private Sector Forum will be held on the sidelines of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, and will focus on carbon pricing, specifically actions that the public and private sectors can take to achieve an equitable and fair valuation of carbon through long-term strategies, investments and policies. Thus, the Forum aims to: enable business and investors to identify the contribution they can make towards pricing the cost of carbon emissions; and inspire public policy measures, commitments to action and public-private partnerships to achieve a carbon price. The Forum, convened by the UN Global Compact in cooperation with the World Bank Group, and with the support of UN partners, will be comprised of: a High-Level Luncheon, co-chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim; and a Business and Civil Society Special Session, featuring leadership actions that businesses can take in cooperation with governments to address climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been convening the UN Private Sector Forum since 2008 during the opening session of the UN General Assembly in order to bring private sector's voice to intergovernmental debates on key topics.  

date: 23 September 2014     11:30-15:15   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7

The seventh meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is scheduled for 29 September-3 October 2014. Among other issues, the meeting is expected to address: handling, transport, packaging and identification (HTPI) of living modified organisms (LMOs); risk assessment and risk management; and socio-economic considerations.  

dates: 29 September - 3 October 2014   location: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang  

CBD COP 12

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will engage in a mid-term review of the implementation of the Strategic Plan and the Aichi targets. The theme of the meeting will be 'Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.' The Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 7) will take place immediately before COP 12.  

dates: 6-17 October 2014   location: Republic of Korea   additional: PyeongChang  

75th Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management

The seventy-fifth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will review the current and past activities of the Committee and its Working Parties. The range of topics to be discussed includes the Country Profiles on housing and land management, sustainable housing and real estate markets, energy efficiency in the housing sector, sustainable urban development, and land management. The 75th CHLM will be preceded on 7 October 2014 by a day of informal negotiations on the draft Charter on Sustainable Housing.  

dates: 8-9 October 2014   venue: Palais des Nations   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV)

In recognition of 2014 as the year of agriculture, the fourth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-IV) will take place under the theme 'Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action'. This iteration of the conference is exploring how evolving knowledge of climate can create sustainable agricultural production systems in Africa, so that it can feed itself and support the socio-economic development of its people. The impact of climate change on vulnerable groups, such as farmers, women, youth and pastoralists, will be at the center of the discussions. Each year, CCDA brings together stakeholders from civil society, academia, the policy arena and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the interrelationships between climate change and development, with a focus on opportunities, best practices, different approaches, strategies and planning. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

dates: 8-10 October 2014   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

Cities Biodiversity Summit

The Cities Biodiversity Summit will be co-hosted by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, and Gangwon Province, the Republic of Korea. It will take place during the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD, bringing together scientists, NGOs and biodiversity experts from around the world. The Summit will take stock of previous Summits and forge actions for implementing a Plan of Action.  

dates: 12-14 October 2014   location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea  

UNIDO Global Forum on Instruments and Partnerships for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

This event builds on discussions held at a UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) global forum on 23-24 June 2014, among governments, development agencies and industry actors from developed and developing countries, on strategies for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. This October 2014 forum will focus on mobilizing relevant stakeholders in order to develop a portfolio of concrete partnership opportunities to establish infrastructure, such as industrial parks, in countries where UNIDO has already been implementing activities and accumulating knowledge.  

dates: 21-22 October 2014   location: TBA  

First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting

The First African Mountains Regional Forum will take place under the theme, ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa'. The Forum aims to frame a regional agenda for sustainable mountain development in African mountains as well as to enhance collaboration among African government institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector. The Forum's objectives are to: identify strategic actions to address major emerging regional issues, such as climate change; and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to enhance understanding of common regional conservation and development issues, including challenges related to climate change, energy, food security and water in African mountain regions. The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) and the African Mountain Partnerships Champions Committee are organizing the forum in partnership with the East African Community (EAC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).  

dates: 22-24 October 2014   location: Arusha, Tanzania  

47th 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: 28-30 October 2014   location: Washington D.C., US  

First Ministerial and Policy Conference on Sustainable Transport

This conference is part of the Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, a high-level platform for discussion and policy decision making. The Forum aims to integrate sustainable transport into Africa's development and planning processes and increase funding to sustainable transport programmes in Africa, with the broader aim of improving access to transport, reducing air pollution and climate emissions, and improving road safety and health. The Forum also aims to share experiences from demonstration and pilot projects and foster South-South exchanges. The Forum intends to hold Ministerial conferences bi-annually, with Sub-Regional conferences in the interim years. The Forum is a partnership among the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the World Bank. UNEP hosts the Forum Secretariat.  

dates: 28-30 October 2014   venue: UNEP headquarters   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Second UN Conference on 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,' has four key aims. It aims 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. In advance of the conference, the Open-ended Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Conference is expected to hold two sessions at UN Headquarters in New York, the US: the first from 12-13 June; and the second from 11-12 September.  

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

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  

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  

Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making. Themes of the summit will include: creating a shared definition of natural capital, applying and demonstrating the concept, ensuring scientific rigor, and communicating recommendations across sectors.  

dates: 6-7 November 2014   venue: British Library   location: London, England, UK  

World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

The 2014 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) World Conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Japan, advised by an International Steering Group of 12 ESD experts from around the world. Based on a recommendation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the UN General Assembly (UNGA) decided to dedicate a UN Decade to ESD (2005-2014) in December 2002. It designated UNESCO to coordinate global efforts to make education relevant for addressing present and future sustainable development challenges. The 2014 ESD World Conference will mark the end of the ESD Decade, as well as constitute an important milestone for pointing the way ahead. It will highlight the role of ESD for the transition to green economies and societies and as a catalyst for cross-sector planning and implementation of programmes in areas such as climate change, biodiversity and disaster risk reduction. The World Conference also will address how ESD can help move sustainable development policy and action forward to meet different global, regional, national, and local needs. The conference will be preceded by stakeholder meetings from 4-8 November.  

dates: 10-12 November 2014   venue: Nagoya Congress Centre   location: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan  

GEO-XI

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

dates: 13-14 November 2014   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon  

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum 2014

The 2014 Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum is organized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) under the theme ‘Addressing the social implications of green growth'. The 2014 Forum will focus on distributional consequences of implementing green growth strategies and their impact on employment, income and skills. It will explore how governments can design policy frameworks to address distributional consequences, as an essential step in the transition to green growth, and the potential impacts of green growth policies on labor markets, households and income. The Forum will also consider: relevant indicators for measuring progress; energy sector reforms; skills for green growth; and social protection and redistribution policies for green growth. The Forum aims to enable OECD Committee delegates, experts, businesses and civil society to exchange experiences, identify knowledge gaps and identify policy tools and best practices.  

dates: 13-14 November 2014   venue: OECD Headquarters   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

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  

72nd Session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will consider the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy,' which consists of five pillars: sustainable production and consumption of forest products, a low carbon forest sector, decent green jobs in the forest sector, long term provision of forest ecosystem services, and policy development and monitoring of the forest sector in relation to a green economy. The workshop will also address forest resources assessment and reporting issues and develop guidance on implementation of the UNECE/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Integrated Programme of Work.  

dates: 18-21 November 2014   location: Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation  

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  

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  

Global Landscapes Forum

The second Global Landscapes Forum will be convened on the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Peru. The Forum will consider the landscape approach within the framework of climate change and development. Themes will include food, water and energy; climate change; the green economy; and sustainable development.  

dates: 6-7 December 2014   venue: The Westin Hotel and Convention Center   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  

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: 10-17 January 2015   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Arab Water Week 2015

Arab Water Week 2015 will convene under the theme 'innovations and sustainable solutions for the water sector in the Arab region'. The meeting will address a variety of sub-themes, including, inter alia: the energy efficiency dilemma in water and wastewater utilities; social responsibility and water for marginalized people; water utilities adaptation to climate change, current status and future perspectives; integrated water resources management (IWRM) and good water governance in the Arab region; the Millennium Development Goal (MDG)+ initiative towards sustainable water resources management within the sustainable development goals (SDGs); benchmarking as a tool for optimizing water and wastewater operations; and water public action and awareness in a fast, changing world.  

dates: 11-15 January 2015   location: Dead Sea {greater region}, Jordan  

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  

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  

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: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

World Conference on Disaster Reduction 2015

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

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

Expo 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

From 1 May-31 October 2015, Expo 2015 will be held on the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It is organized by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is the body responsible for overseeing and regulating issues relating to the organization of World and International Expos. Recognizing the role of food and nutrition in achieving sustainable development, the event will focus on a variety of related themes, including improving food quality and security, ensuring healthy and high-quality nutrition for humans, and promoting innovation in research, technology, and business practices.  

date: 1 May 2015   venue: Expo - Milano 2015   location: Milan, Italy  

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7

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

dates: 3-14 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  

40th 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, Germany  

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  

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 21-23 September 2015.  

dates: 21-23 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  

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  

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