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Over the Border music diversity festival 2024

When: 10 March 2024 - 27 April 2024

Where: Bonn

As we gear up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on 17 June, cultural events around Bonn – home of the Secretariat and the host of this year's Desertification and Drought Day global observance – reflect the city's mission as the hub of international cooperation and cultural diversity. The 2024 edition of the Over the Border music diversity festival, which UNCCD has been supporting throughout its eight-year history, will present a musical journey through urban Afrobeats, jazz sessions, Latin salsa and cumbia, Balkan beats and Celtic folk evenings. This year's festival will bring a total of 132 artists from 29 countries to 14 concerts at seven venues across the City of Bonn. More info: https://www.overtheborder-festival.de

Over the Border music diversity festival 2024
10-27 Mar/Apr 2024
ECOSOC Youth Forum

When: 16 - 18 April 2024

Where: New York City

The annual youth forum of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations ( ECOSOC Youth Forum), is a platform that bring together young people from around the world to engage in deliberations on 2030 Agenda. It has evolved into a key platform where young people, high-level government representatives and other stakeholders of the youth sector contribute to policy discussions by sharing ideas, solutions and innovations for the SDGs.  The theme of the 2024 ECOSOC Youth Forum will align with that of the 2024 High-level Political Forum on “Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions”. Ahead of the Summit of the Future to be held in September 2024, young people will have the opportunity to present to Member States their ideas.  Participants in the ECOSOC Youth Forum will be Member States, including Ministers and other high-level representatives, representatives of regional and multilateral organizations, and young people from a wide diversity of backgrounds: formal and informal youth organisations, entities and groups working at the grassroots, national, regional and international levels. A particular emphasis will be given to representatives of marginalised and vulnerable youth communities. There will be space during the forum to engage and ask questions virutally. Please fill out this form by March 31, 2024. If you have any questions please email us at ecosocyf@unmgcy.org 

ECOSOC Youth Forum
16-18 April 2024
Global conference on decent jobs for youth

When: 22 - 23 May 2024

Where: Kigali

The Conference aims at accelerating efforts at global, regional and country level to improve the lives of young people around the world. It will bring together governments, social partners, youth and civil society organizations, private sector, foundations, academia, regional and multilateral organizations, and many more partners to: Stimulate innovative thinking and promote mutual learning on skills and job creation strategies for youth in the green and digital economies Broker concrete collaboration and partnerships among participants Mobilize political will and resources to scale up investment in decent jobs for youth, with a particular focus on disadvantaged youth groups Organizers recommend attendaning in person, but this year they are also introducing the possibility to engage virtually. The event is in English, with audio captions available in French and Spanish for selected sessions. Registration available via this link.  

Global conference on decent jobs for youth
22-23 May 2024
Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought 6th meeting

When: 03 - 06 June 2024

Where: Riyadh

The Conference of Parties at its fifteenth session (UNCCD COP 15) established an Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought  during the triennium 2022 - 2024, tasked with identifying and evaluating global policy instruments and regional policy frameworks in the context of the national plans to effectively manage drought under the Convention, including supporting a shift from reactive to proactive drought management. Leading up to UNCCD COP16, the group will hold its sixth and final meeting in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 3-6 June 2024 to address the following topics: Financing mechanisms for drought resilience; Setting of global target and global work programme for drought resilience Legally binding protocol or Amendment to the Convention Non-legally binding decisions, political declaration, or other kind of non-legally binding instruments outside the Convention

Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought 6th meeting
03-06 June 2024
World Environment Day 2024

When: Wednesday, 05 June 2024

Where: Riyadh

World Environment Day 2024 is focusing on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience. Hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, where UNCCD COP16 will also take place later this year, it will demonstrate the country's strong commitment to delivering solution to today's environmental crises. Recharged global action to protect and restore productive land has the power to boost livelihoods, support food security, build resilience to extreme weather and increase carbon storage. 

World Environment Day 2024
05 June 2024
The 3rd Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference

When: 10 - 13 June 2024

Where: Dushanbe

The 3rd Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference is the next in a series of conferences held every two years by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations to support the implementation of the goals of the International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development” 2018-2028. As part of the 3rd Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference, the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan aims to provide a platform for following up, promoting and supporting the implementation of voluntary commitments registered in the Water Action Agenda of the UN 2023 Water Conference, as well as stimulating new partnerships and accelerating actions to achieve the goals of the Agenda in the field of sustainable development for the period 2030. For more info visit https://conf2024.dushanbewaterprocess.org

The 3rd Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference
10-13 June 2024