Events

Forthcoming events

JAN32018
Oxford Farming Conference

3 – 5th January 2017 Oxford, UK The Oxford Farming Conference is a three-day event that runs early in the new year within the heart of the city’s beautiful university colleges. The conference makes the city its venue, giving delegates privileged access to iconic and historic buildings, such as the Oxford Union, Christ Church and Keble College. To grow and prosper post-Brexit, UK agriculture needs to question its approach and its thinking. Core to this is adopting a mindset to ...

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JAN182018
Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2018

18 – 20th January 2018 Berlin, Germany The 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) on the subject of “Shaping the Future of Livestock – sustainably, responsibly, efficiently” will be held in Berlin from the 18th-20th January 2018. The forum gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy.The GFFA is organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and ...

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JAN232018
World Economic Forum

23rd – 26th January 2018 Davos, Switzerland The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting aims to rededicate leaders from all walks of life to developing a shared narrative to improve the state of the world. The programme, initiatives and projects of the meeting are focused on “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World“. By coming together at the start of the year, The WEF hopes to shape the future by creating this unparalleled global effort in co-design, co-creation and ...

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MAR12018
5th International Conference on Nutrition and Growth

1st – 3rd March 2018 Paris, France N&G 2018 will provide a unique platform for discussing the interplay between nutrition and gro​​​​wth in children, from disease factors through to treatment. N&G is ideal for all practitioners involved in child development who share a passion for exchanging ideas and analysis of pediatric nutrition. Read more >>

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MAR82018
International Women’s Day

8th March 2018 Global International Women’s Day ​​(March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.​ ​International Women’s Day​ (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD run by the Suffragettes in 1911.​ Read more >>

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MAR122018
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62)

12th – 23rd March 2018 New York, U.S.A. The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. The priority theme will be: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls; Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session. Read more >>

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MAR212018
Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium

21st – 22nd March 2018 Washington D.C., USA Convened annually by the Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative, the symposium on global agriculture and food security provides a platform for discussion about the US government and international community’s progress on addressing the problem of food insecurity. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The Council convenes leading global voices, conduct independent research, ...

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MAR212018
Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

21st – 23rd March 2018 Bonn, Germany Organised by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Foreign Office, the Festival brings together the global community taking action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. It will recognize and celebrate the innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors who are transforming lives and generating practical solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. Taking place in Bonn each year, ...

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APR32018
World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity

3rd – 5th April 2018 Manchester, U.K. The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management’ of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations. The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, ...

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APR32018
Second International Symposium on Agroecology

3rd – 5th April 2018 Rome, Italy Building on the 1st International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome in 2014, and the subsequent regional seminars organized in 2015 and 2016, FAO will host the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in April 2018. This second symposium aim at moving agroecology from dialogue to activities at the regional and country level by providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and ...

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APR142018
Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Climate

16th – 18th April 2018 North Carolina, USA The “Nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions.(Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017) The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will reconvene its Nexus conference addressing Water-Energy-Food and Climate in spring of 2018. This will be the second Nexus Conference that The Water Institute has organized. The conference will facilitate space for the development of collaborative work and focus on ...

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APR182018
Improving Diets in an Era of Food Market Transformation

18th April 2018 Rome, Italy The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition are delighted to invite you to the launch of the policy brief: “Improving diets in an era of food market transformation: Challenges & opportunities for engagement between the public and private sectors”. This discussion, framed by the six questions posed in the Global Panel policy brief, seeks to explore opportunities to build much more ambitious and effective ...

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MAY162018
FAO Regional Conference for Europe

16th – 18th May 2018 Voronezh, Russian Federation The 31st session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC) is open to all FAO Members in the Europe and Central Asia region, to representatives of the United Nations Bodies and Specialized Agencies, and to selected Observers. The Conference includes a Ministerial Roundtable on Wednesday, 16 May, where participants will discuss sustainable agriculture and food systems in Europe and Central Asia in a changing climate. A second major topic to be ...

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MAY222018
International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May 2018 While there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations, the number of species is being significantly reduced by certain human activities. This year’s International Day for Biodiversity theme will be: “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”. The theme was chosen to mark the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity and to highlight progress made in the achievement ...

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MAY282018
World Farmers’ Organisation General Assembly 2018

28th – 31st May 2018 Moscow, Russian Federation Farmers are on the frontlines of weather events that challenge their work on a daily basis, putting in their production and revenues under threat. At the same time, the rapidly growing global population demands higher levels of food production, putting additional pressure on farming systems worldwide. The WFO General Assembly will promote a thorough debate with the entire value chain, the research & development world and multilateral institutions on how to build ...

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JUN52018
Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

5 – 6 June, 2018 New York, US As part of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism mandated by the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the annual collaborative Multi-stakeholder Forum on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development Goals (STI Forum) is expected to “provide a venue for facilitating interaction, matchmaking and the establishment of networks between relevant stakeholders and multi-stakeholder partnerships in order to identify and examine technology needs and gaps, including with regard to scientific cooperation, innovation and ...

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JUN52018
EU Development Days

5th – 6th June 2018 Brussels, Belgium Organised by the European Commission, the European Development Days (EDD) bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. For its twelfth edition, EDD 2018 will aim at bringing together the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and women empowerment are at the core ...

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JUN82018
G7 Summit

8th – 9th June 2018 La Malbaie, Canada The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal grouping of seven of the world’s advanced economies consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The forum offers an opportunity for G7 Leaders, Ministers and policy makers to come together each year to build consensus and set trends around some of today’s most challenging global issues. The European Union (EU) was first invited to attend the G7 ...

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JUN112018
UN General Assembly on SDG Financing

11th June 2018 New York City, United States UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will convene an event titled ‘Financing for SDGs–Breaking the Bottlenecks of Investment, from Policy to Impact’. This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organising in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and youth (mid-May). Read more >>  

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JUL92018
UN High-Level Political Forum

9th – 18th July The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2018 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018. Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 & 17 will all undergo a review process. The theme will be “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”. Read more >> ...

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AUG262018
SIWI World Water Week

26th – 31st August Stockholm, Sweden World Water Week is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI. In 2018, World Water Week will address the theme “Water, ecosystems and human development”. In 2017, over 3,300 individuals and around 380 convening organizations from 135 countries participated in the Week. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking ...

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AUG292018
Global Landscapes Forum: Nairobi

29th – 30th August Nairobi, Kenya Every year, Africa loses an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forest, with deforestation and land degradation seriously affecting its environment and people. The 2018 GLF Nairobi will help build and align international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration, and will pave the way for turning this support into action. By bringing together actors from all backgrounds and sectors, the conference will spark a global conversation around Africa’s landscapes. The 2018 ...

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SEP52018
African Green Revolution Forum

5th – 8th September 2018 Kigali, Rwanda Africa has great aspirations for the future. These are possible, but will require Africa’s agricultural sector and food systems to more rapidly and sustainably deliver incomes, food security, nutrition, and wider economic opportunities.The 2018 AGRF will take stock, evaluate actions, and learn from compelling evidence across the continent, presented by many of the most inspiring leaders turning agriculture into thriving enterprises. These leadership will include farmers, public sector thought leaders, private sector champions, ...

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SEP122018
Global Action Climate Summit

12th -14th September 2018 San Francisco, USA The Global Climate Action Summit will showcase the actions states and regions, cities, companies, investors and civil society have taken already to reduce their emissions; secure bold commitments to do even more, show that decarbonization; job generation and resilient economic growth go hand-in-hand and galvanize a global movement for climate action that leaves no one behind. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all ...

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SEP182018
UNGA 73

18th – 25th September 2018 New York City, USA Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of ...

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SEP212018
International Day of Peace

21st September 2018 Global Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nation’s General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.This year’s International Day of Peace celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights under the theme “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”. Read more >>  ...

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OCT12018
FAO Committee on Agriculture

1st – 5th October 2018 Rome, Italy The Committee on Agriculture (COAG) is one of FAO’s Governing Bodies providing overall policy and regulatory guidance on issues relating to agriculture, livestock, food safety, nutrition, rural development and natural resource management. The Committee has over 100 Member Nations and generally meets every two years. The 26th session of the Committee on Agriculture will take place on October 2018. Read more >>  

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OCT152018
CFS 45

15th – 20th October 2018 Rome, Italy The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is an intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all people. CFS develops and endorses policy recommendations and guidance on a wide range of food security and nutrition topics. These are developed starting from scientific and evidence-based reports produced by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) and/or through work supported technically by ...

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OCT152018
International Day of Rural Women

15th October 2018 Global The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” Read more >>

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OCT162018
World Food Day

16 October 2018 Rome, Italy FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 130 countries across the world. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show FAO’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve #ZeroHunger ...

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OCT172018
Borlaug Dialogue

17th – 19th October 2018 Iowa, USA The Norman E. Borlaug Inetrnational Symposium, known informally as the “Borlaug Dialogue,” each year brings together over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries to address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition. The three-day conference convenes a wide array of scientific experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers. Through the Borlaug Dialogue, the World Food Prize Foundation helps build alliances in the struggle against world hunger and malnutrition. The theme ...

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OCT262018
Chatham House – Sustainable Food Future

26th – 27th November 2018 London, UK A growing world population, dwindling agricultural resources and rising concerns about climate change are adding pressure to an already strained global food system. With global hunger on the rise after declining for over a decade, it is clear that countries, companies and individuals must reassess approaches to food production and consumption. In this context, the annual Chatham House Food conference will explore practical solutions to build a more resilient food system and feed ...

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OCT302018
G20

30th Nov – 1st Dec 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina The Group of Twenty (G20) is a leading forum of the world’s major economies that seeks to develop global policies to address today’s most pressing challenges. The G20 in Argentina will seek to pin down the impact that technological change is having on productivity, growth, jobs, and inequality. Following a diagnostics phase, it will also explore the policies needed to embrace the opportunities and address the challenges presented by technology, particularly in ...

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DEC32018
COP24

3rd – 14th December 2018 Katowice, Poland COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). One of the most important tasks of the 24th Session of the of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) will be to work out and adopt a package of decisions ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement, in accordance with the ...

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