Key dates in 2021 for sustainable development meetings with new events


29th-31st March: Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development input to the 2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) - focusing on SDG 1 (no poverty); SDG 2 (zero hunger); SDG 3 (good health and well-being); SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth); SDG 10 (reduced inequalities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); SDG 13 (climate action); SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions): and SDG 17 (partnerships)


5-11th April: Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

7-8th April: G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting - the G20 in 2021 will be held under the themes of People, Planet, Prosperity 

(Please not that the G20 (hosted by Italy) is the European Union and the countries of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK, and the US.)

civil 21 can be found here

12-15th April: ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Forum - co-chairs Ambassadors from Fiji and the Netherlands

22nd April: US Climate Summit held on Earth Day

26th-30th April: UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 16)

27th April: Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity 


3rd May: ECOSOC Partnership Forum  focuses on how partnerships can best advance the sustainable development agenda and the 17 SDGs.

4th-5th May: Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)

4th May: G20 Tourism Ministers meeting

6th-7th MayUN Development Cooperation Forum focuses on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development

20th May: UN High-level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought (new date)

21st May: UN High Level Event on Culture and Sustainable Development  (new event)

31st May - 10th June: UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) - preparation for Glasgow UNFCCC COP


1st June (TBC):  High-level Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Finance 

8th to 10th June: high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS

11th-13th: G7 Heads of State meeting

15th-17th JuneGlobal Environment Facility Council meeting

17th-18th June: The High-Level Meeting on Middle-Income Countries  and on the 18th GA/ECOSOC Joint Thematic Event on Least Development Countries on 18 (AM). (new event)

22nd June: G20 Education Ministers Meeting

23rd June: G20 joint Labour and Employment and Education Ministers

28th-29th June: G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers  

30th June: G20 Development Ministers


1st July (TBC): Ocean Conference will focus on climate change, marine pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economy, and maritime security. 

1-3 July: London Climate Week

((5th-9th July DELAYED TO 2022): Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

6th-15th July: High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 

13th-16th July: ECOSOC High-level Segment as part of the HLPF High Level Segment

13th-15th July: G20 Women 20 Summit 2021 

19th-30th July: Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10


3rd-11th SeptemberIUCN World Conservation Congress

13th September (TBC): 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

14th-18th September (TBC):  UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) ninth meeting of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention 

14th-30th September: 76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76)

Date TBC: High-level Dialogue on Energy 

20 - 26 September: New York Climate Week 

28th-30th September:  "Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition”

30th September - 2nd October: Pre-UNFCCC COP 26 Summit Italy


3rd-6th October: Third UN World Data Forum 

3rd -8th October: Fifteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15)

11th-24th October: UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) will agree the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

30th-31st October: G20 Rome


1st-12th November: UN Climate Conference COP26

1st -5th NovemberMinamata Convention COP4


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