1 January, Worldwide. INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL. The UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution in late 2010 proclaiming 2012 the “International Year for Sustainable Energy for All.” According to the Resolution, the year will be aimed at fostering “an enabling environment for the promotion and use of new and renewable energy technologies, including measures to improve access to such technologies.” It seeks to raise awareness of access to affordable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability. As part of this initiative, the UN has launched a global Energy Access Practitioner Network with the goal of achieving universal energy access in a range of developing countries by 2030. More information is available on the event website.
23-24 January, Manila, The Philippines. GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON LAND-OCEAN CONNECTIONS: TOWARDS GREENER COASTAL ECONOMIES. The Global Conference on Land-Oceans Connections (GLOC) is being hosted by the Government of the Philippines and is being organised by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The conference will immediately precede the Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting (IGR-3) on the implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), and will seek to ensure that a contribution from the linked marine and freshwater communities is fed into the Rio+20 process. For more information visit the conference website.
24-25 January, Johannesburg, South Africa. CLIMATE FINANCE AND CARBON MARKETS AFRICA 2012. In the aftermath of UNFCCC COP 17 in Durban, Climate Finance and Carbon Markets Africa will break down the key outcomes and what they mean for Africa. Diverse keynote speakers, ranging from a representative of the UNFCCC to financiers in the carbon market, will offer a multitude of viewpoints on the latest climate agreement and its potential impact on the African Continent. Further information can be found on the conference website.
25-27 January, New York, US. INITIAL DISCUSSIONS ON ZERO DRAFT OF UNCSD OUTCOME DOCUMENT. The initial discussions on the “zero draft” of the Outcome Document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) will take place from 25-27 January 2012, based on a decision taken by the UNCSD Bureau at its meeting on 22 December 2011. The zero draft is based on a compilation of the input received by the UNCSD Secretariat from member States and other stakeholders by 1 November 2011. A complete schedule of the negotiation process has been provided by the UNCSD. The Zero Draft of the document can be found here.
25-29 January, Davos, Switzerland. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING 2012. This conference, organised by the World Economic Forum, aims to bring leaders together to discuss the challenges associated with the continued deleveraging of the global economy. Specific challenges organisers hope to address include avoiding a double-dip recession and curbing inflation in emerging markets. The theme of the meeting is “The Great transformation: Shaping New Models.” For more information, visit the event website.
26-27 January, Washington, US. TRANSFORMING TRANSPORTATION 2012. This year’s conference will focus on ideas to scale up sustainable transport best practices in cities worldwide. In previous years, the conference highlighted challenges facing urban transport and key projects that may serve as models. Organisers aim to reflect briefly on past successes and ongoing challenges of implementing sustainable urban transport and development, and then to turn attention to scaling up for the future. The conference will give special attention to finance from private sources, national government programs and international development agencies. For more information, visit the event website.
31 January- 3 February, Quito, Ecuador. 18TH MEETING OF THE FORUM OF MINISTERS OF ENVIRONMENT OF LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN. This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organised by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January - 1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). For more information, visit the event website.
1-10 February, New York, US. 50TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (CSocD). The fiftieth session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) will be held at the United Nations North Lawn Building (NLB) in New York. The overarching theme of this year’s session will be poverty eradication. The Commission’s main mandate is to advise the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Governments on social policy issues and on the social perspective of development. More information on the commission can be found of the CSocD website.
2-3 February, Vienna, Austria. 8TH AUSTRIAN JI/CDM WORKSHOP. This event will bring together private and public stakeholders of the international carbon community, including project developers, investors, DOEs and governmental authorities, to provide an effective communication platform for exploring carbon reduction initiatives. It will inform participants on trends regarding new, flexible mechanisms and project opportunities following the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties in Durban. More information is available on the event website.
2-3 February, London, UK. 7TH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING. Every year this international forum, organised by Chatham House, brings together over 100 leading policymakers, researchers, industry representatives, and civil society groups from across the world to discuss the latest initiatives, regulations and research in the area of fisheries governance and trade in illegal fish products. This year’s Forum will discuss the latest developments in Europe and in West Africa, and also look at document schemes, port state measures, and organised crime in the fishing sector. An agenda for the forum can be found here.
2-4 February, Stanford, US. USRIO+2.0- BRIDGING CONNECTION TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVLEOPMENT. Organised by Stanford University, this meeting aims to bring together public and private sector representatives on the use of connection technologies (SMS, mobile, web, etc.) to advance sustainable development solutions in the fields of health, the environment, agriculture, and sustainable economic growth. Participants will be asked to define “innovation challenges” for how connection technologies can help advance cross-cutting sustainable development problems, with outcomes to be presented at the Rio+20 United Nations Sustainable Development Conference, June 2012. For more information, visit the event website.
9-10 February, London, UK. ILLEGAL LOGGING UPDATE AND STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION NUMBER 19. This event, organized by Chatham House, will provide an update on efforts from around the world to improve forest governance and reduce illegal logging. Topics to be considered include EU timber regulation, use of technology to enable traceability, management of deforestation drivers, forest finance and REDD+, as well as updates on the situation in Asia, with an emphasis on India. Presenters will include representatives of government, the private sector, academia and civil society. More information on the logging series can be found here.
18-22 February, Nairobi, Kenya.27TH SESSION OF UNEP GOVERNING COUNCIL / GLOBAL MINISTERIAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM. The 27th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC 27/GMEF) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is scheduled to convene from 18-22 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya. In pursuance of General Assembly resolution 53/242 (Report of the Secretary-General on environment and human settlements) of 28 July 1999, the Governing Council constitutes the annual ministerial-level global environmental forum in which participants gather to review important and emerging policy issues in the field of the environment. More information can be found on the UNEP webpage.
21-22 February, Basel, Switzerland. SECOND SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCING SUMMIT. This event, organised by Global Energy Basel (GEB), will feature an array of speakers, roundtables, workshops, and investment forums focussed on sustainable infrastructure development, policymaking, and financing. For further information, visit the GEB website.
29 February - 1 March, Fort Lauderdale, US. 2012 CLIMATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. The first annual Climate Leadership Conference will bring together leaders from business, government and academic institutions, and the non-profit community interested in exchanging ideas and information on how to address climate change while simultaneously running their operations more competitively and sustainably. Conference attendees will hear climate-related solutions on a range of topics, including leveraging clean energy opportunities, managing climate risks, building resilience, supply chain strategies, and business-oriented solutions. More information is available on the event website.
5- 7 March 2012, New York, US. THIRD INTERSESSIONAL MEETING FOR UNCSD. The final intersessional meeting in the lead up to the UNCSD Rio+20 conference. Information can be accessed on the Rio+20 website.
12-17 March, Marseilles, France. SIXTH WORLD WATER FORUM. This event bills itself as the largest water-focused gathering in the world, attracting over 25,000 participants in 2009. It meets at a different international location every three years and aims to mobilise water stakeholders worldwide. It promotes interactions and partnerships at all geographic scales and between all actors, with a special focus on developing countries. More information is available on the event website.
15-20 March, Geneva, Switzerland. CITES ANIMALS COMMITTEE 26. The 26th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee will address a number of agenda items, including sharks, snakes, sturgeons, corals, and listing criteria for commercially exploited aquatic species. It will convene immediately prior to the joint meeting of the Animals and Plants Committees, which will take place from 22-24 March in Dublin, Ireland. More information can be found on the CITES website.
26-29 March, London, UK. PLANET UNDER PRESSURE: NEW KNOWLEDGE TOWARDS SOLUTIONS. The 2012 international Planet Under Pressure conference seeks to provide a comprehensive update on the environmental pressure facing the planet as a whole. The conference will discuss solutions at all scales designed to move societies onto a more sustainable path, providing scientific leadership towards Rio+20. The conference will bring together leading researchers and thinkers on climate change, population, global risks, food security, and more. More information is available on the event website.
16-18 April, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON LATIN AMERICA 2012. This meeting, supported by the Government of Mexico, aims to bring together key decision-makers from government, industry, civil society and academia. Under the theme “Regional Transformation in a New Global Context”, organisers say leaders will shape a strategic vision for the region’s growth, gain understanding of its global potential and align stakeholders around that vision to inspire its realisation. Further information can be found on the conference website.
16-21 April, Panama City, Panama. SECOND MEETING OF THE PLENARY ON IPBES. The second session of the plenary meeting to determine the modalities and institutional arrangements for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will take place in Panama from 16-21 April 2012. The plenary will be convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other organisations. The deadline for registration (see website for registration form) is 31 January 2012.
6-15 September 2012, Jeju, Korea. IUCN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS. The theme of the 2012 Congress is Nature+ and meetings will be designed around the concept of boosting the resilience of nature. The Congress will explore the most pressing environmental and development challenges and discuss the intricate link that strong and resilient nature plays in solving these issues. Nature+climate; nature+livelihoods; nature+energy; nature+economics: are some of the issues that the IUCN Congress will address. The conference website contains more information and is available here.