Upcoming Events

C20 Online Consultation on Inclusive Growth and Employment

The C20 Inclusive Growth and Employment Working Group aims to develop recommendations for the G20 on pursuing linked goals of boosting growth, creating quality jobs and reducing inequality. The online consultation will focus its discussion on five key areas: participation of vulnerable groups, including women and youth; education and employment; accelerating the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and defining the post-2015 development agenda; tackling youth unemployment; and key civil society issues for the G20 around inclusive growth and employment. Caroline Smith, National Employment Services Association (NESA), Australia, and Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK, serve as the discussion moderators. This online consultation is one of four that the C20 is conducting to encourage a dialogue between representatives of civil society organizations and political leaders of G20 countries. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is supporting the C20 Conversations.  

dates: 3 February - 16 May 2014   location: virtual  

Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS

The intersessional meeting in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 21-25 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

dates: 21-25 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will hold an interactive dialogue on 'Harmony with Nature' to discuss economic approaches in the context of sustainable development, and to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and nature. The dialogue will come up with recommendations for the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue takes place on International Mother Earth Day, which the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has designated as 22 April each year (A/RES/63/278).  

date: 22 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

dates: 22-25 April 2014   location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands  

Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network

The Fourth Meeting of the Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (PacMAB) will bring together managers and researchers to discuss the role of biosphere reserves in sustainable development in the Pacific. The meeting aims to assess progress and identify challenges in implementing the Madrid Action Plan in Pacific biosphere reserves. Participants will also: assess the role of biosphere reserves in contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); discuss actions for the post-2015 development agenda, such as a roadmap for contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); identify follow up actions, including possible ways to increase the number of reserves in the Pacific; share success stories for managing natural resources while fostering economic development; and consider how to improve cooperation and governance of the biosphere reserves and the network. The PacMAB includes the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Tonga.  

dates: 23-25 April 2014   location: Nadi, Western, Fiji  

Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies in the Post-2015 Development Framework

This thematic debate is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). They are focusing on the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions, with the objective of generating concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The thematic debate will include an opening segment, three interactive stakeholder panel discussions and a closing segment. The debate will take place over one and a half days. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 24-25 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Expert Meeting on Global Justice, Poverty Eradication and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The meeting is organized jointly by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC). It aims at producing high-level input to two processes: the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda; and the preparation of the Third World Social Science Forum, to be held in Durban, South Africa, in September 2015, along with the next edition of the World Social Science Report, to be published in 2016.  

dates: 28-29 April 2014   venue: UNESCO headquarters, 7, place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

UNGA Dialogue 1-2 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The first two dialogues will be held back-to-back, on 29-30 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for these two dialogues are 'Stock-taking of the debates on development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' and 'Assessing fragmentation, synergies, areas of duplication and opportunities for cooperation between existing mechanisms and processes, thus improving overall coherence and enhancing interlinkages,' respectively.  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters  

Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)

FOREST EUROPE is convening a workshop to identify ways and means to support green jobs through sustainable forest management (SFM). The workshop will also propose options on awareness raising and decision-making on the multiple economic, social and environmental functions of forests, and the role of the SFM in the world economy. The workshop will build on outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process.  

dates: 29-30 April 2014   venue: Palace of La Magdalena   location: Santander, Cantabria, Spain  

Expert Group Meeting on HLPF

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is holding an expert group meeting (EGM) on agenda-setting for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The concept note and programme are available online.  

dates: 30 April - 1 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Conference Room 5 (NLB)   location: New York City, US  

Interactive Dialogue on Monitoring and Accountability for Post-2015 Development Agenda

The President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) will convene an interactive dialogue on 1 May 2014, to address 'Elements for a monitoring and accountability framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda'. The outcome will provide an input into the report of the UN Secretary-General synthesizing all inputs available by the end of 2014. The dialogue is meant to respond to the "growing interest among Member States" to discuss the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.  

date: 1 May 2014   location: New York City, US  

Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This special thematic debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 'Culture and sustainable development in the post-2015 development agenda', held in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will consider the role of culture and sustainable development in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The debate is expected to address how to: maximize the contribution of culture to poverty eradication; leverage cultural heritage and cultural and creative industries to contribute to poverty eradication, education, the environment, sustainable urbanization and inclusive and peaceful societies; enhance the interrelationship between culture and the environment; safeguard cultural resources in view of sustainable urbanization; and mobilize culture in social cohesion, peace and reconciliation. The UNGA requested the UNGA President to hold a special thematic debate on this topic in its Resolution on Culture and sustainable development (A/RES/68/223). A background note describes the contributions of culture and references key milestones recognizing culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development; lists key questions the debate will address; and gives details on the intended format, outcome and participants. The President will issue a summary at the conclusion of the debate.  

date: 5 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, Trusteeship Council   location: New York City, US  

Forests Asia Conference: Sustainable Landscapes for Green Growth in ASEAN

This conference, organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) as part of global celebration on the International Day of Forests, will discuss sustainable forest landscapes within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) post-2015 sustainable development efforts. The conference will focus on governance, trade and investment in order to manage forests for green returns, climate change mitigation and adaptation, energy and low-carbon development, food security and nutrition.  

dates: 5-6 May 2014   venue: Shangri-La Hotel   location: Jakarta, Indonesia  

Eleventh Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 5-9 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the HLPF

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Asia-Pacific regional meeting for the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will take place from 7-9 May 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. It is held in preparation for the first substantive meeting of the HLPF in June-July 2014.  

dates: 7-9 May 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is scheduled for 12-16 May 2014.  

dates: 12-16 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13)

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will hold its 13th session in May 2014. The PFII was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2000 to advise the UN system on indigenous people's issues. The PFII session will address the theme of "Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)."  

dates: 12-23 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters, 42nd-48th St and 1st Avenue, New York   location: New York City, US  

Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF), the African Union (AU), and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will bring together African Governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society representatives, members of academic institutions, local governments, private sector organizations, the media, and youth at the Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting is expected to result in an African position on a Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).  

dates: 13-16 May 2014   venue: ECOWAS Main Conference Hall   location: Abuja, Nigeria  

WAVES Fourth Partnership Meeting

The fourth partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program will bring together WAVES countries and partners to share successes and challenges, with a focus on water and ecosystem accounts. It will feature presentations from UN and private sector partners and panel discussions on how natural capital accounts (NCA) support wider development goals. WAVES is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in national economic accounts and development planning. The partnership includes UN agencies, governments, international institutes, NGOs and academics. The core implementing countries are Botswana, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Indonesia, Madagascar, the Philippines and Rwanda. WAVES was launched at the 2010 Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan.  

dates: 14-15 May 2014   location: Washington D.C., US  

Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2020 Conference, which will convene from 15-17 May 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will bring together policymakers, practitioners and scholars to discuss how resilience can be strengthened for food and nutrition security. The conference will: articulate an intellectual framework for resilience; identify key emerging shocks that pose the biggest threats to food and nutrition security, where resilience needs to be significantly strengthened; assess experiences through case studies and draw out lessons from programs, policies, institutions, and investments around the world; identify key approaches and tools to build resilience to shocks; set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions; and identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy and programming that need to be met or scaled up in order to successfully build resilience to food and nutrition insecurity. Participation in the conference is by invitation only.  

dates: 15-17 May 2014   location: Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia  

International Conference on Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

This conference will address linkages between water, energy and food security, seeking to assess available information, identify knowledge and gaps, share lessons, facilitate networks, and contribute to consensus on priorities, in order to consider joint improvement in efficiency as a win-win strategy for human development and environmental sustainability. Sessions will address themes, including: tools for the sustainable implementation of the nexus approach; governance and management of the nexus; considering the environment and wellbeing; and implementing the nexus at various scales. The conference is jointly sponsored and organized by the Global Water System Project (GWSP), German Development Institute (GDI), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), University of Bonn, Center for Development Research, and the CGIAR Research Programme on Water, Land and Ecosystems.  

dates: 19-20 May 2014   venue: MARITIM Hotel, Godesberger Allee   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Fourth Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014

The fourth GIB Summit will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland on 21-22 May 2014, and will focus on 'Mainstreaming Sustainability in Infrastructure Finance and Investment'. The 4th Global Infrastructure Basel Summit 2014 will begin with an interactive, participant-centred workshop titled 'Financing Infrastructure Projects in Cities – Avoiding Traps and Achieving Sustainability'. The session will use the case study discussion method to draw out key issues, best practices and useful tools for financing sustainable infrastructure. Round table discussions, workshops, plenaries, and investment forums will provide a unique platform for interaction among global leaders, investors, project developers and practitioners to address issues including: removing the bottleneck of greenfield projects through early-stage financing; creditworthiness of cities; sustainable infrastructure as an asset class; and spurring sustainable infrastructure development with new approaches.  

dates: 21-22 May 2014   location: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland  

World Mountain Forum 2014

The World Mountain Forum 2014 (WMF 2014) will showcase and discuss available local, regional and global experiences in mountain development, as well as identify likely opportunities and challenges for the future of sustainable mountain development. The meeting's outcomes are meant to feed into and inform, inter alia, the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda process. The WMF 2014 will cover the following topics: family farming, water and food security; climate change; mountain cities; and mountain communities.  

dates: 23-24 May 2014   location: Cusco, Peru  

46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.  

dates: 25-30 May 2014   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

ECOSOC Integration Segment

'Sustainable urbanization' will be the focus of the first-ever Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The primary objective of the Integration Segment is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform to demonstrate how urbanization can be an effective tool for the integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Attending the three-day event will be high-level representatives of Member States, including ministers and mayors, the UN system and civil society actors. The meeting will feature various interactive panel discussions, dialogues, and a town-hall style meeting. High-level roundtable breakfasts and side events organized by Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders will offer opportunities for ministers, mayors and other stakeholders to engage with each other on the future of cities.  

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

15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

The 15th meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will focus on the theme, ‘The role of seafood in global food security'. The meeting will include plenary sessions and discussion panels on the following areas: understanding global food security and the current role of seafood; the role of seafood in global food security in the context of sustainable development; and opportunities for, and challenges to, the future role of seafood in global food security. The meeting will result in a Co-Chairs' summary of ideas and issues raised and discussed. The Consultative Process meets annually to conduct a review and consider the report of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea, with an emphasis on identifying areas for enhancing intergovernmental and inter-agency coordination and cooperation.  

dates: 27-30 May 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism

In General Assembly Resolution 68/210, UN Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The third dialogue will be held on 4 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for the dialogue will be 'Identifying the potential for development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies and identifying options for the way forward'.  

date: 4 June 2014   location: New York City, US   additional: UN Headquarters  

First Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum

This high-level event will serve as the formal global launch of the UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All, and as the first of regular yearly global platforms for launching new initiatives and projects in support of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and reporting on the progress of the initiative. The first day will be dedicated to SE4ALL multi-stakeholder partnerships, and consist of parallel sessions of highlighting progress made and lessons learned by SE4ALL partners on: universalizing energy access; doubling the amount of renewables in the energy mix; and doubling the rate of progress on energy efficiency. The second day will include an SE4ALL Advisory Board Meeting and High-level Global Leaders Dialogue, while the third day High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on "Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda".  

dates: 4-6 June 2014   location: New York City, US  

UNFCCC 40th Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies

The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2014.  

dates: 4-15 June 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

World Environment Day 2014

The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS, with the goal of raising awareness of their unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems, including climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters. UNEP is also soliciting votes for the 2014 WED slogan through 5 March 2014. The winning slogan will be used to call on the global WED community to take action for islands.  

date: 5 June 2014   location: worldwide  

2nd World Summit of Legislators

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

dates: 6-8 June 2014   venue: Mexican Congress   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), under the theme 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and with the aim to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. The objective is to generate concrete contributions to the formulation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The high-level event will consist of a one-day plenary segment that will be followed by interactive panel discussions and a closing segment. Permanent Missions to the UN are invited to nominate Ministerial level representatives to co-chair panel discussions.  

dates: 9-10 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ICESDF Regional Outreach Meeting - Asia-Pacific

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) will hold an outreach meeting with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) from 10-11 June 2014, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting - 'Sustainable Development Financing: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific' - is part of a series of regional outreach meetings hosted by the Committee.  

dates: 10-11 June 2014   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

12th Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 16-20 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

2014 World Day to Combat Desertification

The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has selected a focus of ecosystem-based adaptation and a slogan of 'Land belongs to the future, let's climate proof it!' for the 2014 events to mark the 2014 World Day to Combat Desertification.  

date: 17 June 2014   location: worldwide  

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment

In accordance with UN General Assembly resolution 68/1, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a humanitarian affairs segment from 23-25 June 2014. The Council will also hold a special event to discuss the transition from relief to development, to be convened immediately preceding the humanitarian affairs segment and following the annual session of the executive boards of the funds and programmes of the United Nations system.  

dates: 23-25 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Second Preparatory Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS

The second preparatory meeting (PrepCom) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will take place from 23-27 June 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, according to a draft decision approved in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee on 11 December 2013 (A/C.2/68/L.67). The SIDS Conference is scheduled for 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

dates: 23-27 June 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Fifth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) (30 June-1 July), the second session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) (3-4 July), their joint High-level Segment (2 July) and associated preparatory meetings will take place in Maastricht. The event will provide a platform for parties and stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics, including access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. Parties are also expected to discuss global promotion of the Convention and agree on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period, including future strategic plan and work programme.  

dates: 30 June - 4 July 2014   location: Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands  

2014 Substantive Session of ECOSOC

The 2014 substantive session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will include a High-level Segment, as well as the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The HLPF meeting - taking place on 30 June-3 July - will include a three-day ministerial segment, and is expected to adopt a negotiated declaration. The ECOSOC High-level Segment will take place on 7-11 July, with 7-9 July devoted to the HLPF.  

dates: 23 June - 18 July 2014   location: New York City, US  

13th Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 14-18 July 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Fifth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) is scheduled for 4-8 August 2014.  

dates: 4-8 August 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

US-Africa Leaders Summit

The first US-Africa Leaders Summit will aim to further strengthen ties with Africa, build on progress made since US President Obama's trip to Africa in 2013, and advance a focus on investment and trade in Africa. US President Barack Obama will invite an expected 47 leaders from African countries.  

dates: 5-6 August 2014   location: Washington D.C., US  

International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries

This workshop is being organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Council for Science's (ICSU) Committee on Data for Science and Technology, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations' Communication and Information Committee, and Kenya's Ministry of Communication and Information. It will discuss strategies and objectives of sponsoring and participating organizations concerning open data for science and sustainability in developing countries, with special consideration for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ICSU's Future Earth research program in developing countries. The workshop will also develop and endorse a set of principles and guidelines for preservation of, and open access to, research data in developing countries.  

dates: 6-8 August 2014   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

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  

Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States

The Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is scheduled to convene from 1-4 September 2014, in Samoa. This 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".  

dates: 28 August - 4 September 2014   location: Samoa   additional: Apia  

High-level Stock Taking Event on Post-2015 Agenda

This event is intended to take stock following a series of six events that the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene. These events will consist of three high-level and three thematic debates under the theme, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!' and will take place between February and June 2013. The stock-taking event of the UNGA president is expected to focus on sustainable development goals and long-term financing for sustainable development.  

date: 1 September 2014 [tentative]   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

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  

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

The 69th Regular 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.  

dates: 16-29 September 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Special Session to Follow Up Programme of Action from 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

The UN General Assembly approved a resolution to organize a high-level plenary meeting in 2014 (the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in 2014) 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. The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples 2014 will be organized as a high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly and supported by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the rights of indigenous peoples and to pursue the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  

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

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  

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  

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  

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  

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 42nd Meeting of the Standing Committee will take place 2-3 November and regional coordination meetings 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

dates: 4-9 November 2014   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

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: 5-7 November 2014 [tentative]   location: Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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  

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

The 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 15 September 2015. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 22 September 2016.  

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

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  

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  

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 November-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