Upcoming Events

Sixth Session of the UN-GGIM

The Sixth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will bring together senior executives from national geospatial information, statistical authorities within Member States and international geospatial experts from across the globe to discuss the global geospatial information agenda. The Committee will address, among other issues: activities related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; geospatial information and services for disasters; determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes; trends in national institutional arrangements in global geospatial information management; adoption and implementation of standards for the global geospatial information community; integration of geospatial, statistical and other related information; and application of geospatial information to land administration and management. The formal session of the Committee of Experts will convene from 3-5 August 2016, and will be preceded by a number of related side events on 1-2 August 2016.  

dates: 1-5 August 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

FishAdapt: Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Held immediately following the 11th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum and the 6th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries, which will convene in Bangkok from 3-7 August, this conference aims to provide a forum to share practical experiences in understanding the vulnerabilities associated with climate change and the development of risk management and adaptation strategies in the aquaculture and fisheries sector. It is organized by the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, in association with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Governments of Japan, Norway, Thailand and the US and several collaborating organizations.  

dates: 8-10 August 2016   location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand  

Scoping Meeting for IPCC Special Report on Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C Above Pre-Industrial Levels

The scoping meeting for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission pathways is expected to result in a draft scoping paper that: describes the report's objectives; included an annotated outline of the report; and layout out the process and timeline for its preparation. IPCC 44 in October will review the paper and decide on further IPCC work on the report. The report will integrate information and perspectives from all the three IPCC Working Groups. The 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP-21) to the UNFCCC, in its decision on the adoption of the Paris Agreement, invited the IPCC to provide such a report in 2018. IPCC 43 in April 2016 accepted the invitation to provide such a report in the context of strengthening the global response to climate change, sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. In addition, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) invited the IPCC, when elaborating the report, to include consideration of the impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, and of the contribution of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and of ecosystem restoration, to efforts to keep temperature rise below 1.5°C.  

dates: 15-17 August 2016   venue: WMO headquarters   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland  

African Drought Conference

This meeting will focus on the theme, 'Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent'. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia will organize this event in follow up to its role as UNCCD COP11 President and to the outcomes of the high-level meeting on national drought policies (HMNDP) held in Geneva in 2013. The conference will focus on identifying the specific needs of African countries in the area of effective drought mitigation, with a view to developing a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent. The overall objective of the Conference is to come up with an overarching strategic framework for Africa that will enhance resilience to the impact of drought events. It is expected that the Conference will set in motion the process to develop a strategic framework for enhancing resilience to drought at the African level that will contribute to poverty alleviation, economic development and enhance environmental and human well-being. The work of the Conference will be guided by an agenda for action white paper document, which will be circulated in advance of the conference.  

dates: 15-19 August 2016   location: Windhoek, Namibia  

Friends of the President Meeting on a Global MBM Scheme for International Aviation

This Friends of the President Informal Group Meeting on a Global Market-based Measure (MBM) Scheme for International Aviation will evaluate the results of the bilateral and multilateral consultations by countries related to the draft resolution text on a global MBM scheme for international aviation, building on results of the High-level Meeting on a Global MBM Scheme held in May 2016 and the June 2016 decision by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in June 2016. The aim of the meeting is to develop compromise text for consideration by the ICAO Council and its submission to the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly to be held from 27 September to 7 October 2016, in Montreal, Canada.  

dates: 22-23 August 2016   venue: ICAO Headquarters, 999 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

The 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress will focus on the theme "Planet at the Crossroads". Among other objectives, the World Congress will launch the Hawai'i commitments: globally transformative and innovative conservation initiatives to meet the critical challenges and opportunities of our time, including the imperative to scale up action on biodiversity and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The IUCN World Congress meets every four years to bring together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to environment and development challenges worldwide. The event will hold a public forum consisting of debates, workshops, dialogues, round-table discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions, as well as a Members' Assembly that will deliberate on IUCN resolutions and recommendations regarding key conservation issues.  

dates: 1-10 September 2016   location: Honolulu, HI, US  

Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016

The next Quadrennial Ozone Symposium will include scientific papers on all aspects of atmospheric ozone such as: tropospheric ozone; past and future budgets and trends and long-range transport; observations and budgets of trace constituents related to atmospheric ozone; and ozone chemistry, sources, sinks and budgets.  

dates: 4-9 September 2016   location: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK  

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016

The Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016 will focus on two workstreams: emissions markets and carbon pricing, and climate finance and investment. It will address such themes as: carbon markets for climate change mitigation, particularly regarding how co-benefits from climate action can build resilience; finance and climate-friendly policies delivering on sustainable development, as part of countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement; how to align existing and new carbon markets and mechanisms in the region with the Paris Agreement; NDC implementation through market and non-market based approaches; and acceleration of climate action on the ground. The Forum, which is the region's leading annual event for climate finance, carbon markets and low carbon technologies, will bring together representatives of business, finance and government and is being held as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016. It is being jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).  

dates: 5-7 September 2016   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea  

Global Green Growth Week 2016

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW2016), which will meet under the theme 'Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth,' will provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, leverage green growth opportunities and promote the delivery of pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable growth. The event, which is being organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations. Participants will look at green growth policy, research, partnerships, financing and technology through policy dialogues, panel discussions, capacity-building workshops, country-focused briefings and technology exhibits. GGGW2016 will include: the Global Green Growth Summit, which will address the challenges of developing bankable projects and innovative green finance; the 4th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which will highlight the latest research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive growth; the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue, during which ministers will discuss policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from coal use and toward green growth powered by renewable energy; the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership, which will strengthen cooperation to increase green investment in developing countries; the launch of the GGGI-New Climate Economy (NCE) Africa Initiative and the regional launch of the 2016 NCE report, which will support African policymakers navigate the development-climate change nexus; the Green Growth Fair and Technology Exhibit; country focus sessions showcasing more than 30 GGGI projects; the 9th session of the GGGI Council and the 5th session of the GGGI Assembly; and site visits to showcase Jeju Island's renewable energy and green growth projects.  

dates: 5-9 September 2016   venue: International Conventional Centre   location: Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea  

Industrial Efficiency 2016

Regardless of the sector, energy efficiency is key to productivity, energy security, job creation and lower carbon intensity. The European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) and partners will hold its Industrial Efficiency 2016 conference from 12-14 September 2016, in Berlin, Germany. The conference will bring together policy makers, energy managers and other decision makers in energy-using industries, academics and experts in energy efficiency financing. The event offers a mix of formal presentations and informal events, plenaries, solutions workshops as well as networking opportunities.  

dates: 12-14 September 2016   venue: Die Kalkscheune, Johannisstrasse 2, 10117 Berlin   location: Berlin, 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, on the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world,' as announced by President-elect Peter Thomson in July 2016.  

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

Workshop on Business-to-Business Energy Efficiency Networks

Following the 2015 Hamburg Group of 7 (G7) Initiative for Sustainable Energy Security, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will jointly host a full-day workshop on business-to-business Energy Efficiency Networks (EENs) on 15 September 2016, in Berlin, Germany. The event will encourage participants to exchange and work towards best practices and success factors of EENs as an effective policy to stimulate energy efficiency. The outcomes of this workshop will lead to concrete tools and recommendations for the G7 and beyond. In addition, the workshop will provide a platform for dialogue between policy makers, network participants, and interested companies and experts. The workshop will take place back-to-back with the 2016 Industrial Efficiency conference.  

date: 15 September 2016   location: Berlin, Germany  

UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force

This special event will take place at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has asked world leaders to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity for other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016, and will help efforts to ensure early entry into force. The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55% of global GHG emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance.  

date: 21 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development

The fourth annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), on the theme ‘Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice,' will bring together members of the research, policy, practice and business communities to share practical solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local and national levels. The Conference will focus on four thematic areas: Innovation in Technology and Governance; Data (data systems, gaps, how to collect); The Science-Policy-Implementation Interface; and Education and Training. The main topics for discussion will be: Low Carbon Urban Development; Socially Inclusive Economic Growth; Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition; and Disaster Resiliency and Adaptation. Registration to participate is open until 1 September 2016.  

dates: 21-22 September 2016   venue: Lerner Hall, Columbia University   location: New York City, US  

INQUIMUS 2016 Workshop: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Risk and Vulnerability

Third in a series of INQUIMUS (Latin for 'we say') workshops on integrating quantitative and qualitative assessment methodologies for multi-dimensional phenomena, which aim to identify common achievements and methodological challenges, the 2016 workshop will focus on scenarios relevant for the assessment of risks and vulnerabilities in the context of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR). The workshop is organized by the Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria, and the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC), Italy, in collaboration with the UN University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI) at the University of South Carolina, US.  

dates: 21-23 September 2016   venue: University of Salzburg, Edmundsburg - Mönchsberg 2, 5020 Salzburg, Austria   location: Salzburg, Austria  

CLIMATE CHANCE: A Summit Dedicated to Concrete Action

The CLIMATE CHANCE summit will address, inter alia, the link between climate and development, a new framework for the sustainable city, financing climate action, and mobilizing local actors and the younger generation. It will also discuss the topics of adaptation, territorial planning, economy and employment, territorial cooperation, forest, transport and energy. The conference is expected to encourage the sharing experiences and innovations, culminate in a global plan of action, and reiterate the importance of non-state actors in the fight against climate change.  

dates: 26-28 September 2016   location: Nantes, Pays De La Loire, France  

Fifth LEDS LAC Regional Workshop

The Fifth Regional Platform for Low Emission Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LEDS LAC) Regional Workshop themed 'Moving Towards a Resilient and Low-Emission Development: Implementing the Paris Agreement' will be held in Panama City, Panama, from 26-28 September 2016. Part of the 2016 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, the workshop will take place back-to-back with the tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF). Participants will discuss, among others: implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and low-emission development strategies (LEDS); adaptation and mitigation strategies; and rural and urban resilience.  

dates: 26-28 September 2016   location: Panama City, Panama  

39th Session of the ICAO Assembly

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly establishes ICAO's policy for the upcoming triennium, and reviews ICAO's work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields. The Assembly is expected to establish an Executive Committee, as well as Technical, Economic and Legal Commissions. The Executive Committee will address, inter alia: technical assistance; aviation security; implementation support and development; facilitation and the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme; environmental protection; ICAO civil aviation training policy and capacity building in aviation; increasing ICAO efficiency and effectiveness; and ICAO's work programmes and activities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Technical Commission is expected to address, inter alia, aviation safety and air navigation monitoring and analysis, standardization and implementation support. The Economic Commission will discuss, among other things, economic regulation of international air transport, aviation data, economics of airports and air navigation services, and economic development of air transport. The Economic Commission will discuss a consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies in the legal field. The Assembly meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO's governing body, the Council. Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other ICAO bodies and to its Member.  

dates: 27 September - 7 October 2016   venue: ICAO headquarters   location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

Tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

Organized by the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank Group (WBG) and partners, the tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together key players from the private and public sectors to discuss climate change mitigation, and reach out to cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. The LACCF will showcase opportunities in line with the Paris Agreement, including: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) implementation; leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public-private partnerships (PPPs); and innovative business models to fight climate change. The Forum will also feature the latest advances and resources on sustainable cities, agroindustry, energy, extractive industries, forests and transport. The LACCF will be held during the 2016 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, back-to-back with the Fifth Regional Platform for Low Emission Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LEDS LAC) Regional Workshop themed 'Moving Towards a Resilient and Low-Emission Development: Implementing the Paris Agreement'.  

dates: 28-30 September 2016   location: Panama City, Panama  

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

dates: 10-14 October 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda  

Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016

The Fifth International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 2016 (CCA 2016) will take place under the theme, 'Challenges and Issues in Adaptation'. The event aims to provide a platform for participants to build relationships, learn about best practices and foster research collaborations on adaptation. CCA 2016 sessions will include: adaptation services; land and water; resource efficiency; developing a bio-economy; greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring; making transitions happen; sustainable cities and people; and the built environment. The International Center for Research & Development (ICRD) and Unique Conferences Canada are organizing the conference.  

dates: 15-16 October 2016   venue: International Hall, International Living Learning Centre, Ryerson University, 240 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 2L1   location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada  

Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will convene under the theme 'Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice'. One of the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region, the Forum will bring together representatives from over 50 countries, including policymakers, scientists, donors, and youth. The Forum will address adaptation planning, financing for adaptation, climate-resilient development and cross-learning across actors. It will explore platforms and concrete pathways to enhance partnerships among governments, civil society and business. The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment are organizing the event.  

dates: 17-19 October 2016   venue: Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07   location: Colombo, Sri Lanka  

Habitat III

The UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) aims to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development, assess progress and accomplishments to date, address poverty and identify and address new and emerging challenges. The conference is expected to result in an action-oriented outcome document and the establishment of a ‘New Urban Agenda'.  

dates: 17-20 October 2016   location: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador  

35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee

The 35th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee will convene concurrently with the 35th Meeting of the CCAMLR Commission to discuss the conservation of Antarctic marine life. The Scientific Committee will convene from 17-21 October. The Commission meeting will take place from 17-28 October. The Scientific Committee and its subsidiary groups are the main avenue for scientific advice in CCAMLR, with the Convention requiring the Commission to take full account of the Scientific Committee's recommendations and advice. The Commission serves as CCAMLR's main decision-making body. Mark Belcher, United Kingdom, will serve as the Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting and Dmitry Gonchar, the Russian Federation, will chair the Commission Meeting.  

dates: 17-28 October 2016   location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia  

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

dates: 24-27 October 2016   location: Washington D.C., US  

70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

dates: 24-28 October 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK  

2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

dates: 25-27 October 2016   location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates  

International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly

This meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will address the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, including discussion of the status of coral reefs; the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; coral bleaching; and initiatives in the Indian Ocean region. The event marks the first meeting since France and Madagascar replaced Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the ICRI Secretariat, on 1 June 2016. The event is expected to bring together governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and civil society.  

dates: 2-4 November 2016   location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France  

First International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016

Organized by the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources and Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, this event will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss issues and ideas around the sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity. It will bring together experts in agricultural biodiversity and genetic resources, biotechnology, nutrition, ecology and environmental science, agronomy, forestry, law and policy analysis, economics and other related fields of science and the social sciences. Abstracts can be submitted until 1 April 2016 under the following themes: agrobiodiversity for food, nutrition and ecosystem services; agrobiodiversity for adaptation and mitigation of climate change; intellectual property rights (IPRs), access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and farmers' rights; quarantine, biosafety and biosecurity issues; conservation strategies and methodologies; science-led innovation for agrobiodiversity management and sustainable use; and capacity building and strengthening partnerships.  

dates: 6-9 November 2016   venue: Vigyan Bhavan Conference Centre, Vigyan Bhavan Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110001   location: New Delhi, Delhi, India  


The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7-18 November 2016. During COP 22, parties will, inter alia, begin preparations for entry into force of the Paris Agreement.  

dates: 7-18 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

dates: 14-16 November 2016   location: Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco  

CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2) will be held concurrently.  

dates: 4-17 December 2016   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible for supervising the IMO's work. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Council also: coordinates the activities of the IMO's organs; considers the draft work programme and budget estimates of the IMO and submits them to the Assembly; receives reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submits, with comments and recommendations; appoints the IMO Secretary-General, subject to the Assembly's approval; and enters into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the IMO with other organizations.  

dates: 5-9 December 2016   venue: IMO headquarters   location: London, England, UK  


The sixteenth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN is expected to address a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues of relevance to genetic resources for food and agriculture.  

dates: 30 January - 3 February 2017 [tentative]   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy  

46th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the 46th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) under the UNFCCC will convene during the first sessional period of 2017.  

dates: 8-18 May 2017   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The Global Platform is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  

dates: 22-26 May 2017   location: Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico  

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 City, US  


The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will will meet in Asia at a location to be determined.  

dates: 6-17 November 2017   location: TBA  

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

dates: 4-6 December 2017   venue: UN Office in Nairobi   location: Nairobi, Kenya  

Ninth World Urban Forum

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

date: 1 January 2018 [tentative]   location: Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia  

48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 48th sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UNFCCC are expected to take place in April-May 2018.  

dates: 30 April - 10 May 2018   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  


The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 5-16 November 2018, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 5-16 November 2018   location: TBA  

Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

date: 8 November 2018   location: Boston, MA, US  

49th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies

The 49th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies will meet from 17-27 June 2019.  

dates: 17-27 June 2019   venue: World Conference Center Bonn   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  


The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place in from 11-22 November 2019, at a location to be determined.  

dates: 11-22 November 2019   location: TBA