Events - Sunday, 22 September 2013


UNCCD COP 11 will take place from 16-27 September 2013 in Windhoek, Namibia, under the theme “A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World”. Convened at the halfway point of the 10-Year Strategy of the UNCCD (2008-2018) the meeting will review progress made in the implementation of the Strategy. Delegates will also consider the outcome of the second and preparations for the third UNCCD Scientific Conferences and reports of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC). Other agenda items include, inter alia: follow-up to the outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) outcome on land degradation, desertification and drought; improving mechanisms to facilitate regional coordination of the implementation of the Convention; programme and budget for the biennium 2014-2015; progress in the implementation of the comprehensive communication Strategy; revised procedures for the accreditation of civil society organizations and private sector representatives in meetings and processes of the UNCCD; and maintenance of the roster of experts. Under institutional arrangements, delegates will discuss, among other issues, new housing arrangements for the Global Mechanism, including a revision of the Memorandum of Understanding with the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and collaboration with the Global Environment Facility.  

dates: 16-27 September 2013   location: Windhoek, Namibia  

68th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 68)

The 68th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 68) will open on Tuesday, 17 September 2013. The General Debate will take place from 24 September-2 October on the theme 'Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage'.  

dates: 17 September - 2 October 2013   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

Social Good Summit 2013

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference during UN Week in September that brings together entrepreneurs and thinkers to discuss how new media can help meet global challenges. The conference is organized by the UN Foundation, Mashable, 92nd St Y, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year's event is based on the theme of "2030 Now". There are three components to the event: interaction with "Keynote Listeners," including Amina J. Mohamed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on post-2015 development planning, and others; a Wesleyan University "massive-open-online-course" (MOOC) on "how to change the world"; and a segment on campaigns, innovations and digital solutions to the challenges of climate change, hosted by former US Vice-President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. Other speakers include Anthony Lake, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF); Barbara Bush, Global Health Corps; and Matt Wallaert, BING.  

dates: 22-24 September 2013   venue: 92nd St Y and online, New York, New York 10017, United States   location: worldwide