The sixth session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 9-13 December 2013, in New York, US. OWG 6 is expected to discuss: Means of implementation (science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building), Global partnership for achieving sustainable development (2 days); Needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries (2 days); and Human rights, the right to development, global governance (1 day).
dates: 9-13 December 2013 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
This seminar will bring together panelists with diverse experience in research, policy, and implementation to discuss what is needed for the international community, in partnership with national actors, to arrive at a coherent post-2015 framework, including ambitious, pragmatic, and time-bound Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that gives adequate attention to food and nutrition security goals. The International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
date: 10 December 2013 venue: International Food Policy Research Institute location: Washington D.C., US
This meeting, titled 'Consultative Workshop on Measuring Progress in Post-2015 Development Framework: Environmental Performance Indicators and Environmental Welfare Indicators' is organized by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) as the first step in the 'Study on Measuring Sustainability in 3 Dimensions: Society, Economy and Environment (SEE)'. The consultation will bring together around 30 policy makers, in particular government officials from developing countries whose work relates to sustainable development, to discuss how a diagnostic system and indicators may be developed to measure urban sustainability. Panel discussions will take place on the first day, led by UNOSD, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Korea Economic Institute (KEI). On the second day, the City of Incheon will host a discussion and field visit on sustainable cities and the "smart city" as a solution for urban development.
dates: 10-11 December 2013 venue: Yonsei University International Campus location: Incheon, Republic of Korea
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
The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) for the Global Sustainable Development Report: Engaging National Assessments is one of a series of EGMs designed to support the preparation and review of the Global Sustainable Development Report. This EGM will discuss a prototype of the Global Sustainable Development Report, including recommendations for strengthening the science-policy interface. The EGM also will discuss processes for future Global Sustainable Development Reports, including scope, methodology and frameworks for involving national processes in report preparation. The EGM is expected to provide inputs to the UN Secretary-General's report on options for future reports, including recommendations on a national reporting framework and specific institutional suggestions, such as a board for the Global Sustainable Development Report, a global network of national institutions or special advisory group. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and China's Ministry of Science and Technology are organizing the EGM.
dates: 12-13 December 2013 location: Beijing, China
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will host an event, titled 'Science and Technology for Sustainable Development Goals,' for members of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at Columbia University in New York, US. The event will discuss the need for science-based and technology-based transformations, and opportunities for promoting these transformations through the SDGs. The event will be held in an informal setting to allow for maximum interaction. Speakers will include leading practitioners from science, business, and civil society. The event is open to all OWG members and their delegates.
date: 16 December 2013 location: New York City, US
The World We Want Policy and Strategy Group will host the sixth interactive session of the People's Voices Series, on the topic of 'Anti-Corruption, Poverty, and Post-2015,' on 17 December 2013. The session will include video testimonies, a discussion on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, and a question-and-answer session. The event will feature and respond to people's voices on ideas for global development, corruption, and ending poverty.
date: 17 December 2013 location: New York City, US
The seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 6-10 January 2014, in New York, US. OWG 7 is expected to discuss: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and Climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).
dates: 6-10 January 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting will take place from 22-25 January 2014, under the theme 'The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business,' with the aim of developing the insights, initiatives and actions necessary to respond to current and emerging challenges.
dates: 22-25 January 2014 location: Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland
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 third session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICSDF) is scheduled for 3-7 March 2014.
dates: 3-7 March 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
The inaugural PAGE conference will convene under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, ruler of Dubai. This first global conference on the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will provide an opportunity to review the progress on implementing the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication following the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), as well as a chance to consider how greener economies can contribute to the emerging post-2015 development agenda and new global architecture for sustainability. The conference also aims to explore the context of the social benefits of transitioning to inclusive, environmentally friendly and resource-efficient green economies.
dates: 4-5 March 2014 location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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: 20-21 March 2014 venue: Shangri-La Hotel location: Jakarta, Indonesia
The Third Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium will take place in Germany in the first quarter of 2014, with a focus on 'Accountable and effective development cooperation in a post‐2015 era'. Participants will consider the strengthening of accountability frameworks to ensure fulfillment of global commitments. The Symposium will feed into the fourth Development Cooperation Forum, which will take place in July 2014, in New York, US, and will seek to advance the global dialogue on the future of development cooperation in the post-2015 era. A one-pager on the event is available here: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/pdf13/dcf_one_pager_germany.pdf
dates: 20-21 March 2014 location: Berlin, Germany
This 15th annual Conference on Land and Poverty will address the theme, 'Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact,' and echo other global conferences that have featured discussions about making land tenure and property rights a central theme of a global post-2015 development agenda. The Conference will consider the thematic areas of: securing and protecting land rights from a gender perspective; managing urban landscapes; attracting responsible land-based investment for local benefits and common resource management; maximizing benefits from spatial data; strengthening country level institutions; fostering transparency in land ownership, use and administration; and research on key aspects of land governance. The conference is sponsored and supported by USAID.
dates: 31 March - 3 April 2014 venue: World Bank headquarters location: Washington D.C., US
The theme of the 47th session will be "Assessment of the status of implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development". There will be a general debate on national experiences, discussion on the annual ministerial review to take place in 2014, and the future programme of work.
dates: 7-11 April 2014 venue: UN Headquarters, 42nd-48th St and 1st Avenue, New York location: New York, US
The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICSDF) is scheduled for 12-16 May 2014.
dates: 12-16 May 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
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
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 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 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) traditionally has convened for an annual four-week substantive session in July. The 2014 substantive session will include the ECOSOC High-level Segment, as well as the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). The HLPF meeting, which is expected to adopt a negotiated declaration, will include a three-day ministerial segment.
dates: 23 June - 18 July 2014 location: New York City, US
The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICSDF) is scheduled for 4-8 August 2014.
dates: 4-8 August 2014 venue: UN Headquarters location: New York City, US
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
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
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
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
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 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).
date: 1 March 2015 [tentative] location: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
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 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 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