Events - Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Future of Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia

This online discussion, titled 'The Future of Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia: scenarios, outlooks and challenges in the next 30 years,' is being convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN), to explore the relationships between climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and food security in Viet Nam, Malawi and Zambia. The discussion aims at exploring the current, foreseeable and likely relationships between climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and food security in the three countries, and has been set up by FAO's Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture (EPIC) programme in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and with support from the European Commission.  

dates: 27 March - 9 April 2014   location: virtual  

66th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 66th session in London, UK, from 31 March to 4 April 2014. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: further technical and operational measures for enhancing energy efficiency of international shipping; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships; consideration and adoption of amendments to mandatory instruments; interpretations of, and amendments to, MARPOL and related instruments; and identification and protection of Special Areas and Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas.  

dates: 31 March - 4 April 2014   venue: IMO headquarters, 4 Albert Embankment   location: London, England, UK  

78th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board

The 78th Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany.  

dates: 31 March - 4 April 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Tenth Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs

At the close of the Sixth Session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG 6) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Co-Chairs outlined options for the next phase of the process. The dates of a further set of formal OWG meetings were finalized at the conclusion of OWG 7. They will take place on: 3-5 March (OWG 9), 31 March - 4 April (OWG 10), 5-9 May (OWG 11), 16-20 June (OWG 12) and 14-18 July 2014 (OWG 13).  

dates: 31 March - 4 April 2014   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US  

ICAO International Aviation and Environmental Seminar for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAAC) Region

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) International Aviation and Environmental Seminar will provide participants with information on present and future impact and trend assessments of aircraft engine noise; the work of the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP); and ICAO policies and guidance material in the environmental field.  

dates: 1-2 April 2014   venue: ICAO North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACC) Regional Office, Avenida Presidente Masaryk 29, 3rd Floor, Col. Chapultepec Morales   location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico  

Green Growth Knowledge Platform Regional Practitioners' Workshop

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) Workshop on Green Growth in Africa, titled 'Pathways to Green Growth in Africa,' aims to: explore the rationale for green(er) growth in an African context; facilitate policy dialogue and knowledge sharing; and discuss practical implementation issues. The workshop will focus on setting an African green growth vision through thematic sessions and exploring linkages among natural resources management, renewable energy and greening infrastructure. Participants will, inter alia, focus on green growth landscapes in Africa, including a discussion on the specific challenges faced by African countries, such as high dependence on natural resources for growth and rapid infrastructure, and discuss green growth in practice, including discussions on forest-friendly growth in the Congo Basin and parallel sessions designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas and identify areas for collaboration. Also during the workshop, The Program on Forests (PROFOR) will convene sessions, providing a practical introduction for assessing and monitoring forest governance and enhancing climate resilience including through climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

dates: 1-3 April 2014   location: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo  

13th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action

The 13th meeting of countries participating in the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action will be hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in Majuro. The Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive action, or Cartagena Dialogue, is an informal space “open to countries working towards an ambitious, comprehensive, and legally binding regime in the UNFCCC, and committed, domestically, to becoming or remaining low carbon economies.” The Dialogue aims to “discuss openly and constructively the reasoning behind each others' positions, exploring areas of convergence and potential areas of joint action.” The Cartagena Dialogue consists of around 30 participating countries, and it is one of the few groups within the UN climate negotiations that brings together negotiators from the global North and South.  

dates: 1-4 April 2014   location: Majuro, Marshall Islands  

Joint Meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi Work Programme

This joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP), titled 'Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation,' will seek to address questions related to these two themes. On indigenous and traditional knowledge, the meeting will address: best practices, trends, needs and limitations in the use of indigenous, traditional and local knowledge and practices; collecting, evaluating and disseminating such knowledge and practices for use by local, national and international adaptation practitioners; integrating such knowledge and practices with scientific knowledge in adaptation planning and implementation; and effectively engaging holders of indigenous, traditional and local knowledge and practices in the adaptation process. Regarding gender‐sensitive approaches and tools, the meeting will explore, inter alia: existing gender‐sensitive tools and approaches that can enhance understanding and assess impacts, vulnerability and adaptation; and how to integrate such approaches and tools across adaptation processes and ensure that adaptation initiatives are gender sensitive.  

dates: 1-4 April 2014   location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany  

Fourth EU-Africa Summit

The Fourth European Union (EU)-Africa Summit will take place under the theme 'Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace'. The Summit is an opportunity to review the EU-Africa partnership, including the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, and to highlight achievements, results and areas for further cooperation, such as on the post-2015 development framework. Participants will discuss: climate change; investment, including ways to create jobs and stimulate growth; migration, including legal and illegal migrant flows between the two continents; peace and security, including how to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security; and education and training. The Summit is expected to adopt a declaration on EU-Africa relations.  

dates: 2-3 April 2014   venue: Council - Justus Lipsius Building, 175 rue de la Loi   location: Brussels, Belgium