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The 12 action-packed months of 2012 will soon give way to 2013 — a year that is shaping up to be another busy one for the international development community.

There are the annual events: the World Economic Forum in January, the Group of 8 meeting in June, regional development bank meetings in March and May, and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund spring and annual summits, to name a few.

The year will start off with a bang already with the Feed the World Summit in January and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Africa Partnership Forum in April.

Our colleagues at Devex, for their part, are highly anticipating the first “40 under 40” international development leaders award to be held in a developing country. This February, Devex will honor 40 young international development leaders based in Manila, Philippines, in the tradition of similar events held 2010 in Washington and 2011 in London. Nominations for the Manila event are still being accepted.

The United Nations and its partner organizations, meanwhile, are expected to be busy with country-level and expert consultations on a post-2015 development agenda.

Also expected to figure prominently next year: water cooperation and water-related development goals. The United Nations has designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation in a bid to raise awareness on the need for more cooperation on the challenges facing water management as demand surpass supply. With this designated focus on water cooperation, World Water Day on March 22 will also revolve around the topic, most notably one to be held in The Hague, Netherlands.

UNESCO is the designated agency to lead preparations for water-related events that emphasize the importance, benefits and challenges of water cooperation, enhance knowledge and capacity building in this area, spark concrete and innovative action and encourage partnerships.

What international development-related event are you most excited for in 2013?

Read our previous DevTrivia.

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    As senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributes to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.