The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference draws international attention to the polar regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. Organized around the theme "From Knowledge to Action," the event brings together over 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, NGO, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The conference seeks to build on the momentum of IPY 2007-2008, which increased understanding of how indigenous knowledge could be combined with instrumented data in monitoring the changes in polar ice, snow and vegetation cover, marine and terrestrial animal migrations, and behavioral patterns of polar animals, birds, fish and cetacean species.
dates: 22-27 April 2012 venue: Palais des congrès, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle location: Montreal, Canada
Participants at this meeting will consider, inter alia: a global strategic framework for food security and nutrition; public-private partnerships; the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme; and the Programme of Work and Budget for 2012-13 and Areas of Priority Action for Africa. On climate change, the meeting will address the FAO Regional Office for Africa Climate Change Framework.
dates: 23-27 April 2012 location: Brazzaville, Congo
This training, organized by the British Council in collaboration with UNEP/GRID-Arendal and Youth in Action, will be attended by 21 young people from 15 European countries. Participants will examine the environmental, cultural and socio-economic impacts of climate change on the Wadden Sea ecosystem, and use their experiences and acquired knowledge to encourage their peers to become environmentally responsible citizens.
dates: 23-28 April 2012 location: Germany additional: Langeness
This event was originally scheduled as the third of three "informal informal" consultations to negotiate the draft Outcome Document. The decision taken by the Bureau on 22 December 2011 canceled the February consultations, rendering this meeting the second informal informal consultation. The Bureau subsequently decided to schedule this event for two weeks, from 23 April-4 May.
dates: 23 April - 4 May 2012 location: New York, US
This meeting will bring together participants from governmental authorities, the private sector, NGOs and international organization to review progress on the activities under the Task Force, as well as future activities on water and climate under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention beyond 2012. It will be organized back-to-back with third workshop on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins, which will be held on 25-26 April 2012 in Geneva.
date: 27 April 2012 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Switzerland