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
The Asia Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Forum 2013 is convening under the theme 'Putting LEDS into Practice'. The 2013 Forum will employ a variety of interactive formats to support peer learning and sharing, building communities of practice, and skills acquisition to support LEDS implementation. Technical content will focus on key areas of LEDS implementation, including engaging stakeholders, securing finance, selecting appropriate tools and assessing impacts. The event, hosted by the Philippines Climate Change Commission, with support from Asia LEDS Partnership (ALP) members, including USAID, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), AusAID and the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will follow pre-meetings and side events to be held on 30 September. The Asia LEDS Forum brings together policymakers, donors, practitioners and other experts involved in enabling low-emission, climate-resilient development in Asia.
dates: 1-4 October 2013 location: Manila, Philippines
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) will organize the Fourth ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHP) Conference in the Philippines, with support from the GIZ Biodiversity and Climate Change Project, and the Government of the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Tourism. The conference is for park managers in Southeast Asia to discuss how to achieve international biodiversity targets and identify opportunities for international cooperation. Thematic sessions will be organized on: effective management of protected areas; biodiversity and climate change; integrating biodiversity values; ecotourism, business and biodiversity; and indigenous and local communities in protected areas. AHP conferences take place every three years. The ACB serves as the secretariat of the AHP Programme, which aims to ensure that park managers, policy makers, conservationists, scientists and other stakeholders benefit from available best practices and lessons on the management of AHPs and other protected areas. The ASEAN Declaration on Heritage Parks was agreed and signed by the environment ministers of the 10 ASEAN Member States in December 2003 in Yangon, Myanmar. There are more than 32 ASEAN Heritage Parks in the region.
dates: 1-4 October 2013 location: Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
The GCF Annual Meeting is an opportunity for information exchange and for member countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the US) and partners to provide updates on their REDD+ activities and achievements. The meeting will also convene a high level policy dialogue on REDD+ issues.
dates: 1-4 October 2013 venue: Puerto Maldonado location: Peru additional: Madre de Dios