The Pacific Islands Roundtable for Nature Conservation, a network of nongovernmental organizations, donors and regional organizations working in nature conservation in the Pacific, organizes this conference every five years to set activities and strategies for the next five year period. This ninth conference's theme is "Natural Solutions: Building Resilience for a Changing Pacific."
dates: 2-6 December 2013 venue: University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus location: Suva, Fiji
The Ecosystem Services Economics (ESE) Unit of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has initiated the work under the programme on “Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE)”, and is organizing this meeting. Specific objectives of the conference include: demonstrate the rationale and evidence-base of valuation and accounting of natural capital in the context of the Green Economy, highlighting merits of valuation and accounting towards achieving the Green Economy; build consensus among policy-makers on the need for valuation and accounting of natural capital, especially in the African region; discuss and develop an overall plan to implement valuation and accounting of natural capital in selected countries; promote sharing of information and lessons learned from various ongoing initiatives in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital; and contribute to capacity development among high-level government officials in the field of valuation and accounting of natural capital towards achieving the Green Economy.
dates: 3-4 December 2013 location: Nairobi, Kenya
The Expert Group is expected to restructure and streamline the Dehradun Recommendations and provide guidance towards a conceptual framework and roadmap for the integration of biodiversity into poverty eradication and development in the context of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets. The meeting's outcome will be considered by the fifth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Review of Implementation.
dates: 4-6 December 2013 location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Recognizing the importance of soils, the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, agreed on a resolution proposing that the 5th of December be celebrated as World Soil Day. This day celebrates the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing. Under the leadership of Thailand and within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has supported the formal establishment of a global awareness raising platform such as the World Soil Day. The FAO Conference in June 2013 unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested the 68th UN General Assembly to have it officially adopted. The 38th meeting of the FAO Conference, following consideration of proposals endorsed by the FAO Council at its 145th and 146th sessions to observe 5 December as World Soil Day and to declare 2015 as International Year of Soils with the objective of raising awareness of the importance of soils for food security, essential eco-system functions and sustainable development, adopted resolutions 4/2013 and 5/2013 endorsing the events.
date: 5 December 2013 location: worldwide
A stakeholder meeting will be convened by the interim Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Secretariat at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and co-facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The meeting will provide first-time IPBES Plenary participants with an opportunity to understand the way IPBES works, as well as to discuss the engagement of stakeholders in IPBES.
dates: 7-8 December 2013 location: Antalya, Turkey
This week will be celebrated under the theme 'The role of forests and forest products in a Green Economy' and will focus on the contribution of forests to the green economy. The main celebrations will be centred on Metsä 2013, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission. Additional events will be held throughout Europe.
dates: 9-13 December 2013 location: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will address, inter alia: the initial work programme of the Platform; financial and budgetary arrangements for the Platform; and rules and procedures for the operations of the Platform, including for the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel. The meeting is scheduled for 9-14 December 2013, in Antalya, Turkey.
dates: 9-14 December 2013 venue: Rixos Sungate Hotel location: Antalya, Turkey
The Third Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in December 2013. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.
dates: 10-12 December 2013 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France
International Mountain Day (IMD) is meant raise awareness about the importance of mountains, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. The theme for the event in 2013 is 'Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future'. The celebration will focus on mountains' contribution towards sustainable economic growth and draw attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. Organizers will also use the occasion to address the post-2015 development agenda and recall the need to include mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
date: 11 December 2013 location: worldwide
Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will seek to identify strategies and actions to mainstream biosafety into national measures and strengthen the capacities of Parties in the Central and Eastern European Region to effectively implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The workshop will: take stock of the status of implementation of the Protocol in the region and share experiences and lessons learned in the mainstreaming of national measures; identify mechanisms to improve Parties' legal and administrative measures to implement obligations under the Protocol; and promote awareness of the objective and core requirements of the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and review the challenges and opportunities with regard to its ratification and implementation.
dates: 16-20 December 2013 location: Batumi, Adjara, Georgia
The 64th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and the associated meetings of its Scientific Committee and other sub-groups will take place in 2014.
date: 1 January 2014 [tentative] location: TBA
The Global Ocean Action Summit, 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, but has been postponed until early 2014.
date: 1 January 2014 [tentative] location: The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogal for the Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.
date: 2 February 2014 location: worldwide
The eighth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 3-7 February 2014, in New York, US. OWG 8 is expected to discuss: Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (2 days); Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment (1.5 days); and Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (1.5 days).
dates: 3-7 February 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) will address genetic resources and is expected to be preceded by an Ambassadorial/Senior Capital-Based Officials meeting to share views on key policy issues relating to the negotiations to further inform and guide the process.
dates: 3-7 February 2014 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this meeting is part of the intersessional process on socio-economic considerations arising from the impact of living modified organisms (LMOs) on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, as addressed by Article 26 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The meeting will examine the outcomes of a series of online forums and regional online conferences and a compilation and review of information on socio-economic considerations. It aims to develop conceptual clarity on socio-economic considerations. The meeting report will be submitted for consideration by the seventh meeting of the Protocol's Meeting of the Parties (COP-MOP 7).
dates: 17-21 February 2014 location: Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea
The third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among others, issues related to compliance, a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism, the ABS clearing-house, and monitoring and reporting, and will exchange views on the state of implementation of the Protocol, and on sectoral and cross-sectoral model contractual clauses, codes of conduct and guidelines.
dates: 24-28 February 2014 location: Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea
The Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) was established at the tenth meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 10) with a mandate to review the performance and effectiveness of the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and to develop recommendations on a strategic direction for the IAF for the period beyond 2015.
dates: 24-28 February 2014 location: Nairobi, Kenya
At its twenty-seventh meeting, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is expected to hold a 10-day text-based negotiating session focusing on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. It is expected to be held in April 2014, exact dates to be confirmed.
date: 1 April 2014 [tentative] location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Convened jointly by the Governments of Ecuador, India, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, Uganda and the European Commission, the second dialogue seminar aims to enhance mutual understanding of the different views and perspectives on financing for biodiversity. It will focus on the implementation of Aichi targets 2, 3 and 20 in the context of Decision XI/4 on resource mobilization and its three sections on target-setting, review of implementation of the strategy for resource mobilization and the roadmap. Particular attention will be given to the different ways of assessing the value of biodiversity and ecosystem services and the mechanisms to integrate these values into decision-making.
dates: 9-12 April 2014 location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Animals Committee (CITES AC) will hold its 27th meeting in Veracruz, Mexico, back-to-back with the 21st meeting of the CITES Plants Committee (CITES PC) and will include a two-day long joint session. The AC will meet from 28 April-1 May 2014; the CITES AC/PC session will be held from 2-3 May 2014; and the CITES PC will meet from 4-8 May 2014.
dates: 28 April - 8 May 2014 location: Veracruz, Mexico
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global initiative devoted to celebrating migratory birds and to promoting their conservation worldwide. WMBD 2014 will take place on the weekend of 10-11 May 2014 and is being organized by the Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and other partners. The theme for 2014 will be linked to the topic of tourism and migratory birds, focusing on the global bird and wildlife watching industry and sustainable tourism as a vehicle to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. WMBD plans to work closely with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in promoting the 'Destination Flyways' project, which focuses on the protection of migratory birds and their habitats and the creation of sustainable livelihoods for local communities through the development of innovative tourism products along the world's major flyways.
dates: 10-11 May 2014 Global location: TBA
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
To coincide with the designation by the UN General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 will be 'Island Biodiversity'.
date: 22 May 2014 location: worldwide
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
The 38th sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in June 2014.
dates: 4-15 June 2014 location: Bonn, Germany
The Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer will host the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS). The meeting will take advantage of the fact that the field of soil science is expanding because of the growing interest in food security and safety as well as environmental quality. In addition, many state-of-the-art emerging technologies being developed in other fields are available to adapt to soil science, creating an explosion of information and knowledge in the many fields of soil science. The 20th WCSS will provide an opportunity to examine the changes in soil science and to envision new perspectives for basic and applied soil research. The local Organizing Committee is planning to set up the various programs to encourage the participation of soil scientists from across the world.
dates: 8-14 June 2014 location: Jeju, Republic of Korea
This session will be held in June 2014. Based on its terms of reference, COFI: reviews the work programmes of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in the field of fisheries, and their implementation; conducts periodic general reviews of international fishery problems and examine possible solutions through national, FAO and intergovernmental programmes; reviews specific matters relating to fisheries referred to the Committee by the Council or the Director-General, or placed by the Committee on its Agenda at the request of Member Nations in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Committee, and to make recommendations as may be appropriate; considers the desirability of preparing and submitting to Member Nations an international convention under Article XIV of the Constitution to ensure effective international cooperation and consultation in fisheries on a world scale; and reports to the Council or tender advice to the Director-General, as appropriate, on matters considered by the Committee.
dates: 9-13 June 2014 venue: FAO headquarters location: Rome, Italy
At its fifth meeting, the Working Group on Review of Implementation (WGRI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among other issues, implementation of the Strategy for Resource Mobilization, the efficiency of structures and processes under the Convention and its protocols, and biodiversity and development.
dates: 16-20 June 2014 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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
The Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has approved the dates of the next Committee on Forestry (COFO), set for 23–27 June 2014. The biennial session will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, and will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Participants will also include representatives from other international organizations and non-governmental groups. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Italy
At its eighteenth meeting, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is expected to address, among others, issues related to marine and coastal biodiversity, biodiversity and climate change, and the relationship with IPBES.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 [tentative] location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada [tentative]
The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is tentatively scheduled for June 2014.
dates: 23-27 June 2014 [tentative] location: Nairobi, Kenya
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
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 Tuesday, 23 September 2014.
dates: 16-29 September 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York, US
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
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
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
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.
date: 1 November 2014 [tentative] location: Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador
The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress will serve as a vital link to achieving IUCN's overall vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature” and deliver the IUCN Programme 2013-2106.
dates: 12-19 November 2014 location: Sydney, Australia
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
The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) will take place in the first half of 2015, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
date: 1 January 2015 [tentative] venue: Conrad Resort and Casino location: Uruguay additional: Punta del Este
The 15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) is expected to convene in 2015. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters specifically relevant to biological diversity for food and agriculture. The Commission aims to reach international consensus on policies for the sustainable use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from their use.
dates: 19-23 January 2015 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy
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
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
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
The 14th World Forestry Congress, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is intended to raise awareness and provide a forum for discussions on forestry-related technical, scientific and policy issues.
date: 1 September 2015 [tentative] location: Durban, South Africa
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
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
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
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
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
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
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