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​upcoming eve​nts:​​​

Arendalsuka
14-19 August 2017
Arendal, ​Norway

Arendalsuka is a politically independent annual forum held in Norway. National delegates in politics, society and industry meet each other and the public to debate and develop policies for the present and future.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in several panel events at Arendalsuka, including:

  • ​15 August: Panel debate on the circular economy in the process industry

  • 16 August: Panel of experts will discuss implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals during a working breakfast on development

  • 17 August: Panel debate on technology as a major driver of change, as well as a panel debate on democracy

Website: https://www.arendalsuka.no/ (in Norwegian)

The United Nations in a time of change
23 August 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark

This event, held in connection with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark's annual Ambassador Meeting, will focus on a changing United Nations and the Danish expectations for future UN collaboration.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in a debate on the preparedness of the UN to handle current and future challenges.

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-united-nations-in-a-time-of-change-fn-under-forandring-hvad-kan-vi-forvente-tickets-36511469789

Second regular session of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS
5-11 September 2017
New York, United States

The second regular session of the UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS Executive Board will take place in New York at UN Headquarters. More information about the event is available on the UNOPS website here. Executive Board documents are available here. You can watch the live proceedings of the Executive Board in New York via UN Web TV here.

Website: http://webtv.un.org/

High-level meeting on the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat
​5-6 September 2017
New York, United States

The President of the UN General Assembly will convene a two-day high-level meeting to discuss the effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda and to reflect on the positioning of UN-Habitat in that regard.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in a panel discussion entitled 'Implementing the New Urban Agenda and the SDGs – the role of the United Nations System.'​

Website: http://www.un.org/pga/71/event-latest/high-level-meeting-on-new-urban-agenda-and-un-habitat/

72nd session of the UN General Assembly
12-25 September 2017
New York, United States

The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. The 72nd session of the UN General Assembly will begin in New York at UN Headquarters. More information about the event is available on here. You can watch the live proceedings of the General Assembly via UN Web TV here.

Website: http://www.un.org/en/ga/

Financial Times Live
13-14 September 2017
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation are bringing together senior thinkers from governments, finance, banking, non-governmental organizations and the corporate sector to explore international efforts to move countries out of fragility and into stability and growth.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in panel discussion on redefining fragility in the African context.​

Website: https://live.ft.com/Events/2017/Banking-on-Tomorrow

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ARCHIVE OF PAST events (2017):

World Trade Organization: Aid for Trade Global Review 2017
11-13 July 2017
Geneva, Switzerland

This year's World Trade Organization Global Review theme is promoting trade, inclusiveness and connectivity for sustainable development. During this event, stakeholders will look at how Aid for Trade can contribute to the integration of developing countries and least developed countries into the multilateral trading system, and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in a panel discussion during a plenary session entitled 'Aid and inclusive trade: Financing trade connectivity and the Sustainable Development Goals' on 11 July 2017.

Website: https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/devel_e/a4t_e/gr17_e/gr17_e.htm​​

The Swiss IT Leadership Forum
25-28 June 2017
Saint-Paul de Vence, France

The Swiss IT Leadership Forum is an association of leading executives from the Swiss ICT industry. The three-day event will focus on communicating hands-on experience and trends in strategic positioning and the organization of ICT functions.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo is participating in this event. Ms. Faremo will speak about the vision of UNOPS on artificial intelligence.

Website: http://www.swiss-it-leadership-forum.ch/en/

The Age of Sustainable Innovation Summit
21 June 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark​

Hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark, the Age of Sustainable Innovation Summit brings together industries, policy leaders, investors, regulators and consumers to discuss how businesses are leveraging the Sustainable Development Goals to support innovation. The summit also examines the growth of innovation across industries while ensuring high quality products, safety and comfort for consumers.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will be a keynote speaker at the event.

Website: bit.ly/susinv17 

Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS – Annual Session
Joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP
30 May to 8 June 2017 and 19 June, respectively
New York, United States

The Annual Session of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, as well as the joint meeting of the Executive Boards of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UNICEF, UN Women and WFP, will take place in New York at UN Headquarters. Executive Board Annual Session documents are available here. More information about both events is available here and on the UNOPS website here. You can watch the live proceedings of the Executive Board Annual Session in New York via UN Web TV here.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will give a statement during the Annual Session of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS on 7 June 2017.​

Website: http://webtv.un.org/

EU-Africa Business Forum
7 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium

The EU-Africa Business Forum is a meeting place for influencers and advocates, as well as leaders looking for a springboard to increase business and investment between Europe and Africa. This year's theme is 'Investing in Job Creation.'

Nikolaj Gilbert, Director of UNOPS Partnerships Group, and Honoré Dainhi, Director of UNOPS Africa Region, are attending the event.​

Website: http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/en/newsroom/all-news/eu-africa-business-forum-take-place-brussels-7-june-2017

European Development Days
7-8 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Organized by the European Commission, European Development Days 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. This year's theme is 'Investing in Development.'

Nikolaj Gilbert, Director of UNOPS Partnerships Group, and Honoré Dainhi, Director of UNOPS Africa Region, are attending the event.

Website: https://www.eudevdays.eu/

World Reconstruction Conference
6-8 June 2017
Brussels, Belgium

The World Reconstruction Conference aims to promote resilience through post-crisis recovery. UNOPS experts will host and moderate a session on the role of the private sector for recovery in conflict and fragile situations during the conference.

Nikolaj Gilbert, Director of UNOPS Partnerships Group, and Honoré Dainhi, Director of UNOPS Africa Region, are attending the event.

Website: https://www.gfdrr.org/wrc3

The Ocean Conference
5 to 9 June 2017
New York, United States

Coinciding with World Oceans Day, the Ocean Conference aims to support the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 (conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development). The conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. Co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden, this year's theme is 'Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.'

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo is attending the event.

Website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
22-26 May 2017
Cancun, Mexico

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is the main global forum for strategic advice, coordination and partnership development. This year's event is the first opportunity for the international community to review global progress of the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, as well as the implementation of international instruments on disaster risk reduction.

Stefan Köhler, Chair of the International Recovery Platform Steering Committee, will attend the event​.

Website: http://www.unisdr.org/conferences/2017/globalplatform/en

World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa
19-21 May 2017
Dead Sea, Jordan

Held in partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will provide a collaborative platform for shaping the future of MENA through public-private cooperation. This year's forum also aim to address continued geopolitical shifts and humanitarian challenges by supporting multi-stakeholder dialogue on the situation in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and the ongoing refugee crisis.

 UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will be speaking at the event.​

Website: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-on-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-2017


World Economic Forum o​n ASEAN
10-12 May 2017
Phnom Penh, Cambodia​

The ten countries of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) will meet as part of this year's World Economic Forum on ASEAN to discuss the theme 'Youth, Technology and Growth: Securing ASEAN's Digital and Demographic Dividends.' The Forum will bring together senior decision makers from a range of sectors to facilitate greater collaboration between industry, government and civil society, as well as to work on shaping the brightest future for the region's young.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo is participating in a panel discussion entitled ‘South-East Asia and the Big Picture.’

Website: https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-on-asean-2017

Chief Executives Board - First Regular Session
26-27 April 2017
Geneva, Switzerland

The Chief Executives Board brings together the executive heads of 31 specialized organizations to deliver as one at the global, regional and country levels.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in the Board's first regular session.

Website: http://www.unsceb.org/

United Nations Senior Leadership Group on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience
26 April 2017
New York City, United States

The United Nations Senior Leadership Group on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience aims to strengthen UN system-wide coherence on implementation of a risk informed 2030 Agenda, the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and other key international agreements. It also seeks to ensure that disaster risk reduction remains a strategic priority for the UN system and related organizations.

UNOPS Deputy Executive Director Vitaly Vanshelboim will attend the event.

Sustainable Oceans Summit
22 April 2017
Washington, D.C., United States

Hosted by the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, the third Sustainable Oceans Summit aims to educate and help make marine environmental threats a mainstream concern. UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will be a keynote speaker at the event and will participate in a session entitled, 'The Future of Sustainability and Innovation in the Private Sector.'

Website: http://soalliance.org/summit-2017

Global Infrastructure Forum 2017
22 April 2017
Washington, D.C., United States

The Global Infrastructure Forum focuses on collaborative financing for infrastructure development in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is jointly organized by multilateral development banks, in close partnership with the United Nations. UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in the event.

Website: http://www.eib.org/infocentre/events/all/2017-global-infrastructure-forum


World Bank Group – International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings

21-23 April 2017
Washington, D.C., United States

Government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, and participants from academia and the private sector will gather to discuss the global economy, international development and the world's financial markets.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in the event.

Website: https://www.imf.org/external/Spring/2017/index.htm

Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Euro Area
13-14 March 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

The European Central Bank and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science and Policy are bringing together thought leaders in academia, government, risk capital and industry for a two-day workshop to address the innovation gap in the euro area.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo is giving a keynote speech at the event.

Website: https://innovation.mit.edu/event/fostering-innovation-euro-area/  ​

Næringslivets Konfera​nse for Internasjonalisering og Utvikling 2017 ​(Global Goals and Opportunities for Businesses)
2 March 2017
Oslo, Norway

In 2015, world leaders adopted 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals that serve as guiding principles for global and national priorities to 2030. This conference examines the key role the private sector plays in this challenge.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo will participate in a session entitled, 'Sustainability goals: Forecast of risks and opportunities.'​

Website (in Norwegian): http://www.innovasjonnorge.no/nkiu


Bahamas Symposium​

21-23 February 2017
Nassau, Bahamas

The symposium will look at how Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can integrate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA Pathway) into national planning, policies, strategies and public institutions.

UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo is attending the event, which is organized by the Government of the Bahamas, with support from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Website: https://publicadministration.un.org/bahamas_symposium/


Roads to Peace? The Future of Infrastructure in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

9-10 February 2017
Copenhagen, Denmark

UNOPS and the Danish Institute for International Studies are bringing together key stakeholders in infrastructure projects in fragile and conflict-affected states for a high-level workshop. Participants will learn from their shared experience, build upon successes and understand the risks associated with this sector. The workshop will lead to a joint report aimed at informing future governance for delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Honoré Dainhi, UNOPS Regional Director for Africa, and Bruce McKerrow, UNOPS Infrastructure and Project Management Group Director ad-interim, are speaking at the event.​

Website: http://roads-to-peace.org/


First regular session UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board

30 January - 3 February 2017
New York, United States

The first regular session of the UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS Executive Board will take place in New York at UN Headquarters. More information about the event is available on the UNOPS website here. Executive Board documents are available here. You can watch the live proceedings of the Executive Board in New York via UN Web TV here.​

Website: http://webtv.un.org/


Supporting Syria and the Region

24 January 2017
Helsinki, Finland

Co-hosted by the UN and Finland, the event will present the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2017-2018 and the Humanitarian Response Plan for Syria 2017. These plans outline the international community's coordinated responses to the crisis in Syria and its impact on neighbouring countries. The event will provide partners with a clear description of the goals, scope, challenges, achievements and financial requirements of the plans.

UNOPS Partnerships Director Nikolaj Gilbert is attending the event.

Website: http://www.helsinki2017.org/


International Recovery Forum

23-24 January 2017
Kobe, Japan

The International Recovery Forum 2017 is an opportunity to share experiences and lessons on "Build Back Better" towards resilient and healthy communities. This year's theme focuses on health as a critical disaster risk reduction (DRR) issue.​

Stefan Kohler, outgoing Chairperson of the International Recovery Platform, and Ian Rector, Senior Advisor for Infrastructure and Resilience for UNOPS in Asia, are attending the event.​

Website: http://www.recoveryplatform.org/resources/meetings_and_trainings/1233/international_recovery_forum_2017​​​​​​