Events preview: Jan-June 2020 in development cooperation

We round up the major events and gatherings for the global development community in 2020. Photo by: Viktor Hanacek / picjumbo


World Economic Forum Annual Meeting
Jan. 21-24
Davos, Switzerland
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Join us for a conference call with journalists Adva Saldinger and Catherine Cheney, bringing you the highlights from the annual gathering — and exploring what this broad agenda means for the development sector. Register here.

Funding the Future 2.0: Catalyzing Investments That Deliver on Health
Jan. 22
Devex, MSD for Mothers, Credit Suisse, and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation host this high-level event discussing how we can accelerate efforts by creating more investable opportunities, but also by investing in the work of innovators who are pushing for impact and new solutions in their communities.
Register for the livestream here.

Leading the SDGs: How Corporate Leaders Can Accelerate Change
Jan. 23
Devex and Verizon will host an action-oriented conversation to explore ways in which we can create more and better synergies between the global development community and the private sector to drive progress on the SDGs.
Register for the livestream here.

Devex World
June 9
Washington, D.C., United States

A thousand thinkers and doers, changemakers, and expert practitioners will converge at The Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., for the third edition of this unique global development event. Devex World will be a full day of inspiring, interactive, collaborative sessions with one focus: turning ideas into action.



International Forum on Migration Statistics
Jan. 19-21
Cairo, Egypt

Increasing UK investment in Africa
Jan. 21
London, England; Online

WBG Equitable Growth, Finance & Institutions Development Partners Forum
Jan. 21-23
Washington, D.C., United States

Webinar: Cost-Effectiveness of Anaemia Prevention Interventions
Jan. 23

The 2020 Great Development Dialogue
Jan. 24
London, England

Youth Leadership Camp for Climate Change
Jan. 24-26
Banyuwangi, Indonesia

54th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum
Jan. 27-29
Mombasa, Kenya

2020 Private Finance for Sustainable Development Conference
Jan. 29
Boulogne-Billancourt, France


Success or Regress? The State of HIV in 2020
Feb. 3
Washington, D.C., United States
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146th Session of the WHO Executive Board
Feb. 3-8
Geneva, Switzerland

10th World Urban Forum
Feb. 8-13
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery
Feb. 8-19
San Juan, Puerto Rico

19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases
Feb. 20-23
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

World Biodiversity Forum
Feb. 23-28
Davos, Switzerland

MWC Barcelona
Feb. 24-27
Barcelona, Spain

52nd Session of the IPCC
Feb. 24-28
Paris, France


Fragility Forum 2020
March 2-4
Washington, D.C., United States

51st Session of the UN Statistical Commission
March 3-6
New York, United States

Africa CEO Forum
March 9-10
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Africa Climate Week 2020
March 9-13
Kampala, Uganda

CSW64 / Beijing+25
March 9-20
New York, United States

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity
March 10-12
Rome, Italy

AELERT-INECE Conference 2020
March 10-13
Adelaide, Australia

SXSW Conference
March 13-21
Austin, Texas, United States

Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience
March 16-20
Washington, D.C., United States

Second Global Summit on Food Fortification
March 22-23
Bangkok. Thailand

7th Climate Change Online Conference
March 23-30

Bond Annual Conference & Awards
March 23-24
London, England

The 6th Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2020)
March 23-26
Tokyo, Japan

Micronutrient Forum 5th Global Conference 2020: Building New Evidence and Alliances for Improving Nutrition
March 23-27
Bangkok, Thailand

World Economic Forum's Industry Strategy Meeting
March 25-26
Geneva, Switzerland

IoT Forum Africa
March 25-26
Johannesburg, South Africa

NAP Expo
March 30-April 3

Skoll World Forum
March 31-April 3
Oxford, England

World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020
March 31-April 2
Brisbane, Australia


ECOSOC Partnership Forum
April 3
New York, United States

The Future of Work in the Global South
April 3
Paris, France

USAID 2020 Global Education Conference
April 6-10
Washington, D.C., United States

World Bank Spring Meetings
April 13-19
Washington, D.C., United States

Civil Society Policy Forum
April 14-17
Washington, D.C., United States

ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up
April 20-23
New York, United States

Global Technology Governance Summit
April 21-22
San Francisco, California, United States

InterAction Forum 2020
April 22-23
Washington, D.C., United States

Adaptation Futures 2020
April 27-30
New Delhi, India

World Economic Forum on Latin America
April 28-30
São Paulo, Brazil


53rd ADB Annual Meeting
May 2-5
Incheon, Korea

Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference
May 5-7
Beijing, China

XVII World Water Congress
May 11-15
Daegu, South Korea

Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)
May 12-13
New York, United States

2020 Development Cooperation Forum
May 14-15
New York, United States

72nd World Health Assembly
May 20-28
Geneva, Switzerland

Sustainable Energy for All Forum
May 26-28
Kigali, Rwanda


High-Level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14 (UN Ocean Conference) 2020
June 2-6
Lisbon, Portugal

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020
June 3-5
Dresden, Germany

Women & Girls Africa Summit 2020
June 9-12
Durban, South Africa

IUCN World Conservation Congress
June 11-19
Marseille, France

Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development – Africa 2020
June 15-17
Nairobi, Kenya

RESULTS International Conference
June 20-23
Washington, D.C., United States

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2020: Global Unrest
June 22
Washington, D.C., United States


International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust 2020
Jan. 22-30
Paris, France

International Day of Education
Jan. 24

World Cancer Day
Feb. 4

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Feb. 6

International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Feb. 11

World Day of Social Justice
Feb. 20

Africa Environment Day/Wangari Maathai Day 2020
March 3

World Wildlife Day
March 3

World Hearing Day
March 3

International Women's Day
March 8

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21

International Day of Forests
March 21

World Water Day
March 22

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
April 6

World Health Day
April 7

International Mother Earth Day
April 22

World No Tobacco Day
May 31

World Environment Day
June 5

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