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Closing the Gender Gap in Farming under Climate Change: New Knowledge for Renewed Action
Paris, France

The vision for this high-level event is to share cutting-edge knowledge and evidence on closing the gender gap in farming under climate change, and to convene thinkers and doers in a forum to inspire renewed action.

Specific objectives include:
1. Share key research results related to gender, climate change, agriculture and food security.
2. Discuss how such results are being used or could be used to reduce gender inequalities including their implications for policy and programs.
3. Identify key gaps in the research that still need to be addressed to achieve optimal gender inclusion.
4. Identify appropriate frameworks and methods for collecting and analyzing data around the topics of gender and climate change.
5. Networking for building potential partnership and/or strengthening existing partnerships.

The format of the event will include several research presentations in the morning and a high-level panel discussion in the afternoon. link

16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2015: Linking Land Tenure and Use for Shared Prosperity
2015-03-23 to 2015-03-27
Washington, DC, USA
The Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty organized by the World Bank Development Economic Research Group (DECRG) is a key global event where representatives from governments, civil society, academia, the development community, and the private sector come together annually to discuss new developments and progress on land policy and implementation. The conference aims to foster dialogue and sharing of best practices on the diversity of reforms, approaches and experiences that are being implemented in land sectors around the world. link

Dres den Nexus Conferences (DNC)--Advancing a Nexus Approach to the Sustainable Management of Water, Soil and Waste
2015-03-25 to 2015-03-27
Dresden, Germany

The DNC2015 will assemble policy-makers and managers of environmental resources, academic, educational and research institutions, national and international organizations, including UN organizations and UNU institutes, NGOs and others from around the world under the theme “Global Change, Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach”.

There will be three thematic topics over the course of the three days; each day will deal with one aspect of global change: climate, urbanization and population growth. It will be discussed how the integrated management of environmental resources guided by nexus approach may help to achieve the potential targets of the post-2015 agenda. link

ASSW 2015--Arctic Science Summit Week
2015-04-23 to 2015-04-30
Toyama, Japan
The Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is the annual gathering of the international organizations engaged in supporting and facilitating Arctic research. The purpose of the summit is to provide opportunities for coordination, collaboration and cooperation in all areas of Arctic science. The summit attracts scientists, students, policy makers and other professionals from all over the world. link

The First LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development
2015-07-08 to 2015-07-10
Utrecht, the Netherlands
We are pleased to announce the first LANDac International Conference on Land Governance for Equitable and Sustainable Development which will take place on 8-10 July 2015 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The Conference is organized by the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance (LANDac) and its partners and aims to present state-of-the-art knowledge on how land governance may contribute to equitable and sustainable development, as well as setting the agenda for future research and fostering new collaborations for research, policy and practice. link

The 5th World Sustainability Forum
2015-09-07 to 2015-09-09
Centre for Teaching and Research of the University Hospital of Basel

2015 is an important year for all of us. We are taking stock of the accomplishments based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted in the year 2000. The results of these efforts are immensely positive. In most countries around the globe, extreme poverty and hunger have been reduced, and infant, child, and maternal mortality have decreased. Girls have better access to primary schooling, progress has been made in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, access to safe drinking water and sanitation has improved, and more information and knowledge is available to more people via the internet than ever before. However, not all goals have been achieved and some regions have benefitted less, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

The period marked by the MDGs will end in December 2015. As part of the post-2015 development agenda, the international community is working intensely on a new set of goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in the second half of September 2015. The new set of goals, despite their similarity in some aspects, go beyond the MDGs in that (a) the formulation and focus of the goals are more encompassing, explicitly requiring active participation from wealthy and poor nations alike, and that (b) the overall focus is shifting away from ameliorating the situation of poor and underdeveloped regions and societies toward improving the sustainability of global economic and social development while concurrently protecting the environment.

First Call - The 5th World Sustainability Forum (WSF5)- Transitioning toward Sustainability link