Events preview: Jan-June 2021 in development cooperation

We round up the major events and gatherings for the global development community in 2021. Photo by: Olya Kobruseva from Pexels

FEATURED EVENTS

How World Bank health funding adapted during the pandemic
April 22
Online

Magnus Lindelow, World Bank practice manager for health, nutrition and population, Africa region, talks to Devex about the bank’s successes and challenges in funding and procurement over the past year — from fast-tracking project approval to working from home. He’ll also address practical questions about engaging with implementing organizations and other stakeholders.

Devex @ WHA 2021
May 25-27, June 1
Online

With plans to meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented vaccine rollout, and pressure for World Health Organization reform, this year’s World Health Assembly meeting may be one of the most pressing in recent history. Devex reporters will be on the scene — virtually — to dig into these issues and more over three days of events, with exclusive interviews, expert analysis, and insider coverage of the week’s most important conversations.

EVENTS FROM APRIL TO JUNE 2021

April

Creating Equal Ground: Conversation with Indigenous Women Leaders on the Challenges and Approaches for Securing Women’s Land and Natural Resource Rights
April 13
Online

VEF Virtual Series: Inclusive Infrastructure Development for Driving Low Carbon Industrialisation
April 14
Online

Virtual Business Opportunities Seminar 2021 With Portugal
April 14
Online

Insights From the Latest OECD Report on Digital Transformation of SMEs
April 14
Online; Washington

EconNet: Monetary Policy Communications and Their Effects On Household Inflation Expectations | Michael Weber (U.Chicago)
April 15
Online; Washington

International Symposium on Mainstreaming Quality of Life in Evaluation of Transport and Spatial Planning
April 19
Online

Webinar on Creative Economy for Sustainable Development: Potential, Challenges, and Ways Forward
April 20
Online

ADBI-Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Roundtable on Sanitation and Development
April 20-21
Online

Healing a Broken World: The Power of Art for Social Transformation in the Post-Pandemic Era
April 22-23
Online

Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests
April 26-30
New York

May

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2021
May 3
New York

ADB 54th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors
May 3-5
Online

United Nations Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goal
May 4-5
New York

Global Digital Development Forum
May 5
Online

United Nations Development Cooperation Forum 2021
May 6-7
New York

Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Thematic Sessions for Latin America and the Caribbean
May 11-13
Online

VEF Virtual Series: Galvanising Political Action - Food Systems Track
May 12
Online

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development
May 17-19
Online

Fifteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity
May 17-30
Online

EconNet: Zombies at Large? Corporate Debt Overhang and the Macroeconomy | Òscar Jordà (FED San Francisco)
May 20
Online; Washington

Innovate4Climate
May 25-27
Online

Online Course on Principles for Reviewing Environmental Impact Assessment
May 25-July 5
Online

Virtual Business Opportunities Seminar 2021 With France
May 26
Online

TIGN Conference 2021 | 11th Annual Conference of the LACEA Trade, Integration and Growth Network
May 27-28
Online

2nd Research Conference on Forced Displacement
May 28-29
Bogota, Colombia

6th Annual McGill Summer Institute
May 31-June 18
Online

June

World Bank Group Youth Summit 2021: Resilient Recovery for People and Planet
June 9-10
Online

G7 Leaders’ Summit 2021
June 11-13
Cornwall, England

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: 2021
June 15-16
Online

European Development Days
June 15-16
Online

Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Thematic Sessions for Africa
June 15-18
Online

2021 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education - 9th PRME Assembly
June 16-17
Online

Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development - Africa 2021
June 16-18
Nairobi

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2021
June 21-26
Kigali, Rwanda

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2021: Global Unrest
June 24-25
Washington

London Climate Action Week 2021
June 26-July 4
Online

Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021
June 30-July 2
Online

PAST EVENTS

January

OpEx365
January-June
Online

Technology Innovation Challenge for Transport
Jan. 8
Online

IFAD at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity
Jan. 11
Paris; online

Speed, Safety and Equity: Deploying Vaccines for COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean
Jan. 12
Online

Deploying COVID-19 Vaccines in Latin America and the Caribbean
Jan. 12
Online

A Partnership With Purpose: Celebrating 14 Years of Positive Impact in Latin America and the Caribbean
Jan. 12
Online

VEF Virtual Series: Equity, Gender and Youth
Jan. 13
Online

Changes in Global Income Distribution and Their Political Implications
Jan. 13
Online

Global Reset: Inequality and a New Social Contract
Jan. 13
Online

Climate Resilient Food Systems for Africa: From Evidence to Action
Jan. 13-18
Online

Trade Integration, Global Value Chains, and Capital Accumulation
Jan. 14
Online; Kuala Lumpur, Indonesia

Water and Beyond: EU Transformative Approaches for International Partnerships
Jan. 18-21
Online

Citizenship and Participation - Webinar 2 of the Caribbean Futures of Education Series
Jan. 19
Online; Kingston, Jamaica

Executive Board - Meeting of the Working Group on Item 210 EX/22
Jan. 19
Online; Paris

First Meeting of the Working Group on the Global Education Cooperation Mechanism
Jan. 19
Online; Paris

Climate Adaptation Week Groningen
Jan. 19-25
Groningen, Netherlands

First Seminar on Water and Your City
Jan. 19-May 8

Water and Beyond, EU Transformative Approaches for International Partnerships
Jan. 20
Online; Brussels

Mobile Broadband Internet and Confidence in Government
Jan. 20
Online

Meeting of the FAO/WHO Expert Group on Nutrient Requirements: Setting Calcium, Vitamin D and Zinc Requirements for Children Aged 0-36 Months
Jan. 20-29
Online

Regional Expert Consultation Against Gender Stereotypes in Europe
Jan. 21
Online; Paris

E-meeting IDIL2022-2032 for Eurasian Countries
Jan. 21
Online; Almaty, Kazakhstan

Leave No One Behind: Moving the Agenda Forward
Jan. 21
Online

Facing Uncertainty in Water Management: From Urban Water Supply to Agriculture
Jan. 22
Online; Paris

Climate Adaptation in Food Systems: Lessons From Youth Led Science-Based Social Movements
Jan. 22
Online

D.C. Political Economy Seminar: Caffeinated Development: Export Sector, Human Capital, and Structural Transformation in Colombia
Jan. 22
Online; Washington

International Day of Education Symposium
Jan. 25
Online

International Day of Education in New Delhi - Recover and Revitalize Education for the COVID-19 Generation
Jan. 25
Online; New Delhi

Health Benefits Plan: The Guarantee To Leave No One Behind
Jan. 25
Online

Spring Meetings

Climate Adaptation Summit 2021
Jan. 25-26
Online

Vanguard Cities on Nature-Based Solutions: Three Regional Panels
Jan. 25-26
Online

UNESCO Lectures - Earth Materials: The Foundation for Development
Jan. 26
Online; Paris

Challenges & Opportunities of Migration in the Caribbean: Addressing Climate Change and Tapping the Diaspora
Jan. 26
Online

The Role of Renewable Natural Gas in State Climate Policy
Jan. 26
Online

Regional Inequality Dialogue in Colombia
Jan. 26
Online; Washington

From Displacement to Development: Challenges and Opportunities to the Economic Inclusion of Venezuelans in Colombia
Jan. 27
Online

Catalyzing a new future: From small islands to great ocean states
Jan. 27.
Online

11th Meeting of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on BEPS
Jan. 27-28
Online

Virtual Policy Dialogue on Taxation in the Digital Economy: New Models in Asia and the Pacific
Jan. 27-29
Online

Virtual Meeting on Awareness Raising and Risk Communication
Jan. 28
Online

Eliminating NTDs: Together Towards 2030 – Formal Launch of the New Road Map for Neglected Tropical Diseases
Jan. 28
Online

Updating the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030
Jan. 28
Online

Advancing the Early Childhood Agenda: Inclusive Innovative Dialogue Towards a Global Partnership Strategy - High-Level Session
Jan. 28

Facing the Aftermath: Recovery and Reconstitution After the Holocaust
Jan. 28
Venice, Italy

Improving access to pediatric surgery: Lessons learned from south-to-south collaboration
Jan. 28.
Online

Launch of the African Digital Platform for the Safety of Journalists
Jan. 29
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Childcare Re-Opening in Latin America and the Caribbean: What Does the Evidence Say?
Jan. 29
Online

February

Regional Expert Consultation Against Gender Stereotypes in Arab Region
Feb. 1
Online; Paris

Consultation on UNESCO Survey for SDG Indicator 16.10.2 (Public Access to Information) with ATI Oversight Bodies - Part 1
Feb. 1
Online; Paris

Inauguration of the Virtual Exhibition on Underwater Cultural Heritage in the SICA Region
Feb. 1-2
Online; San José, Costa Rica

Blended Finance and Impact: Delivering the 2030 Agenda in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond
Feb. 1-4
Online

International Conference on AI in Work, Innovation, Productivity and Skills
Feb. 1-5
Online

Fourteenth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Feb. 1-6
Online; Paris

Consultation on UNESCO Survey for SDG Indicator 16.10.2 (Public Access to Information) with ATI Oversight Bodies - Part 2
Feb. 2
Online; Paris

UNESCO Lectures: Climate Neutrality, the Circular Economy, and Earth Materials
Feb. 2
Online; Paris

Building Back Better: How Can Public Food and Agricultural Research Institutions Be Strengthened and Rebuilt After the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Feb. 2
Online

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)
Feb. 2-4
Rome

VEF Virtual Series: Agro-Industry
Feb. 3
Online

The Newly Launched GEO for Business Brief 1: Adapt to Survive: Business transformation in a time of uncertainty
Feb. 3
Online

OECD Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector
Feb. 3-4
Online

Time To Act: The Circular Economy Action Agenda
Feb. 4
Online

EconNet: Pro-Poor Transfers and Economic Preferences of the Rich and Poor | Imran Rasul (UCL)
Feb. 4
Online; Washington

Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate
Feb. 8
Online

Conference on Strengthening Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment Under the COVID-19 Crisis
Feb. 8-10
Online

47th Session of the Committee on World Food Security
Feb. 8-11
Online

Committee on World Food Security
Feb. 8-12
Online

Indigenous Week 2021
Feb. 8-12
Online

59th Session of the Commission for Social Development – CSocD59
Feb. 8-17
New York

4th Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Facilitation Council Meeting
Feb. 9
Online

Mapping Together: How Local Leaders Use Collect Earth To Monitor Restoration
Feb. 9
Online

FAO/OIE/WHO Webinar: Instruments on Antimicrobial Use
Feb. 10
Online

Asian Economic Integration Report 2021 Launch
Feb. 10
Online

Webinar on Resilient Schools and Disaster Risk Reduction Education in the Southern Africa Region
Feb. 10
Online; Harare, Zimbabwe

Education for Sustainable Development and the Climate Emergency: ‘Bending the Curve for Climate Change’
Feb. 10
Online; Paris

FAO/OIE/WHO Webinar: Instruments on Antimicrobial Use
Feb. 10
Online

Decolonising Education for Sustainable Futures : Connecting Decolonial and Sustainable Futures in Education - Webinar 1
Feb. 10
Bristol, England

Network Meeting - ICT (CFT) Harnessing (OER) Project
Feb. 10
Online; Paris

The Data Detective: Ten Easy Rules To Make Sense of Statistics
Feb. 10
Online

VEF Virtual Series: Industry Decarbonisation - Hard To Abate Sectors
Feb. 10
Online

Official Launch PortalCheck.org | Digital Lab PortalCheck
Feb. 11
Online; Montevideo, Uruguay

Social and Emotional Learning in and Through Education: Arriving at Common Ground
Feb. 11-12
Online; Paris

ADBI-JICA Online Training Program on Wastewater Management and City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation
Feb. 15-18
Online

Making Fragmented Aid Flows Work Better for Health
Feb. 16
Online

Online Course on Principles for Reviewing Environmental Impact Assessment
Feb. 16-March 29
Online

Expanding Labour Migration to Europe: A Multi-Stakeholder Vision
Feb. 17
Online

44th Session of the IFAD Governing Council
Feb. 17-18
Online

EconNet: Specialization, Market Access and Real Income | Andrei Levchenko (UM)
Feb. 18
Online; Washington

Policy Dialogue on Infrastructure, Technology, and Finance for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Asia Beyond the Pandemic
Feb. 18-19
Online

COVID-19 and Informality: Effects of the Pandemic on the Labor Markets
Feb. 22
Online

Tourism in the Post-Pandemic World
Feb. 22
Online

Building Resilience to Natural Disasters
Feb. 22
Online

Opportunities for Electric Ferries in Latin America
Feb. 22
Online

MENA Tech: Resetting Digital Transformation in MENA Countries
Feb. 22
Online

Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly
Feb. 22-23
Online; Nairobi, Kenya

The Second Arab Land Conference
Feb. 22-24
Online; Cairo

Fourth Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum (GVIRF)
Feb. 22-25
Online

From Micro to Macro: Entry Barriers, Misallocation, and Aggregate Productivity
Feb. 23
Online

Report Launch: The Innovation Imperative for Developing East Asia
Feb. 23
Online

Covid-19 and the Future of Digital Humanitarianism
Feb. 23
Online

OECD Competition Open Day
Feb. 24
Online

Bringing Private Participation in Infrastructure Back on Track
Feb. 24
Online

ADBI-Japan Railway Technical Services Virtual Policy Dialogue on the Future of High-Speed Rail Development
Feb. 24
Online

Virtual Policy Dialogue on Post COVID-19 Fiscal Instruments and Green Development
Feb. 24-26
Online

Webinar: Sovereign Debt Managers and Investors: Bridging the Gap on ESG
Feb. 25
Online

International Friends and Enemies
Feb. 25
Online

Political Economy Seminar: Prior's Rule: When Do Malfeasance Revelations Help or Hurt Incumbent Parties?
Feb. 26
Online

March

ADBI Featured Speaker Webinar: Anjali Adukia on Sanitation, Education, and Development
March 1
Online

Seventh Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development
March 1-4
Online; Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Immunization and Vaccines Related Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC)
March 1-5
Online

How Can HIPtool Support Priority Setting for Health Benefits Package Design?
March 2
Online

COVID-19 and Global Income Inequality
March 3
Online

VEF Virtual Series: Digitalisation
March 3
Online

Political Economy of Tax Reforms in Developing Countries
March 3
Online

Second Gender in Oil, Gas and Mining Conference: Getting to Equal in a Changing World
March 3
Online

Facilitating Remote Participatory Filmmaking in Times of Covid-19
March 3
Online

Getting to Equal in a Changing World: Second Global Gender in Oil, Gas and Mining Conference
March 3-4
Online

Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Regional Roundtables
March 3-4
Online

7th South Asia Economic Policy Network Conference on Vaccinating South Asia
March 4
Online

Better Jobs and Brighter Futures: Investing in Childcare To Build Human Capital
March 4
Online

EconNet: Integration and Competition Between Stock | Fernando Luco (Texas A&M University)
March 4
Online; Washington

7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
March 8-12
Online

Sisterhood and Beyond: Keeping Up Momentum on Feminist Change
March 9
Online

Maximize Your Indirect Cost Recovery
March 9-11
Online

Online Course on Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement
March 9-April 19
Online

Financing for Tech Startups
March 10
Online

Agency and Empowerment for Adolescent Girls Beyond Covid-19
March 11
Online

Bringing Everyone Along: An Inclusive Recovery in Africa
March 15
Online

Declining Competition: A Transatlantic Challenge
March 15
Online

Commission on the Status of Women [CSW] 65 2021
March 15-26

Financial Inclusion Support Framework (FISF): Learning Series
March 15-June 30
Online

Target Gender Equality LIVE
March 16
Online

Financing Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Asia and the Pacific
March 16
Online

IMF/RMTF Webinar Series on the VAT
March 16
Online

Social Protection for Economic Inclusion: Adapting the Graduation Approach in Asia and the Pacific
March 16
Online

International Financial Institutions Transport Sector Business Opportunities Seminar in South Asia (IFI BOS)
March 17
Online

Third South Pacific International Arbitration Conference
March 17
Online; Sydney

Policy Dialogue and Forum on New Governance Strategies for Urban Design
March 17
Online

ADB's Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2021: “Innovation Through Collaboration: Planning for Inclusive Post-COVID-19 Recovery”
March 17-18
Online

Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region 2021
March 17-18
Online; Geneva

Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the IDB and IIC
March 17-21
Barranquilla, Colombia

The Evolving Socioeconomic Impacts of COVID-19 in Four African Countries
March 18
Online

Special Seminar Co-Organized by the Government of Japan and World Bank Building Back Better:Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake
March 18
Online; Tokyo

Equilibrium Tax Rates Under Ex-Ante Heterogeneity and Income-Dependent Voting
March 18
Online; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Webinar Series: Fighting Poverty by Getting Girls and Boys To Learn
March 18
Online

World Bank Online Morning Seminar #96 “The Innovation Imperative for Developing East Asia”
March 19
Online; Tokyo

What Can We Learn From Leading COVID-19 Vaccine Programmes? An Insider Look at India, UK and UAE
March 19
Online

Water Online Week 2021
March 22-25
Online

Management Skills
March 22-25
Online

Civil Society Policy Forum
March 22-April 11
Online

Trade, Robots, and Industrial Development
March 23
Online

Supporting Teachers in the Age of the Pandemic: The World Bank Global Platform for Successful Teachers
March 23
Online

Strengthening Gender Equality in STEM: A Conversation With Countries of the MEROSUR
March 23
Online; Washington

GEF/IDB Climate Innovation Project in LAC. Lessons Learned From Fundación Bariloche on the Energy Experience
March 23
Online; Washington

2021 OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum
March 23-25
Online

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021
March 23-26
Online

Implementing the AfCFTA: The Need for Deepening Private Sector Engagement and Commitment
March 24
Online

Two for One: How Leveraging Small Claims Procedures Can Improve Both Judicial Efficiency and Access to Justice
March 24
Online

Tourism Resilience: Building Forward Better
March 24
Online

Oceans for Prosperity: Reforms for a Blue Economy in Indonesia (Report Launch)
March 25
Online

Making Global Goals Local Business – Georgia
March 25-26

Trajectory of Compact City Development and QII in Japan: Lessons Learned From Toyama
March 26
Online; Tokyo

Political Economy Seminar: Market Structure and Extortion | Maria Micaela Sviatschi (Princeton University)
March 26
Online; Washington

World Bank Online Morning Seminar #97 “Women, Business and the Law 2021”
March 26
Online; Tokyo

Book Launch: Developing Infrastructure in Central Asia: Impacts and Financing Mechanisms
March 29
Online

How To Expand the COVID-19 Vaccine Production?
March 29
Online

Arab Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2021
March 29-31
Online; Beirut

PARIS21 Annual Meetings 2021
March 29-April 1
Online

Virtual Conference on Fintech and COVID-19
March 30-April 1
Online

Online Course on Biodiversity in Environmental Impact Assessments
March 30-May 10
Online

Data and Design: Making Stories Visible
March 31
Online

Using Artificial Intelligence for Social Good
March 31
Online

April

IMF Inspired - Vaccinating the World
April 5
Online

Second FintechLAC Regional Event: Fintech: A Path to Recovery and Financial Inclusion
April 5-9
Online

2021 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund
April 5-11
Online

Economic Recovery: Toward a Green, Resilient, and Inclusive Future
April 6
Online

IMF Seminar: Averting a COVID-19 Debt Trap
April 6
Online

African Development Bank Group 2021 Business Opportunities Seminar
April 6-7
Online

VEF Virtual Series: Investment and Partnership Needs
April 7
Online

Rethinking Debt: Financing the Future Amid Crisis
April 7
Online

Research and Policy Seminar: On the Future of Capitalism Post Covid-19 Pandemic
April 7
Online; Washington

Argentina’s Lithium Industry and Its Role in the Global Renewable Energy Transformation
April 7
Online

11th ADBI-OECD-ILO Roundtable on Labor Migration in Asia: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Building Back Better
April 7-8
Online

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021
April 7-8
New York

Key Green Transitions: How Systems Are Changing for People and Planet
April 8
Online

Study Findings Webinar: Reaping the Benefits of Industry 4.0 Through Skills Development in High-Growth Industries in Southeast Asia - Insights from Cambodia
April 8
Online

Launch of the 2021 Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report
April 8
Online; Washington

IMF Seminar: Debate on the Global Economy
April 8
Online

A Conversation With Finance Ministers of Latin America and The Caribbean
April 8
Online, Washington

Saving Without Barriers in Colombia: Lessons From the Retirement Savings Laboratory’s Interventions
April 8
Online

Saving Without Barriers: Lessons From the Retirement Savings Laboratory’s Interventions
April 8
Online

COVID-19: Vaccines for Developing Countries
April 9
Online

A Conversation With Central Bank Governors of Latin America and the Caribbean
April 9
Online; Washington

Overuse and Underuse of Acute Healthcare: Evidence From Mali
April 12
Online

Preliminary Information Sessions: ADB’s Safeguard Policy Review
April 12-20
Online

Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021
April 12-22
Online

INTERNATIONAL OBSERVANCES

International Day of Education
Jan. 25

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Jan. 27

World Leprosy Day
Jan. 31

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

International Mother Language Day
Feb. 21

Zero Discrimination Day
March 1

World Wildlife Day
March 3

International Women's Day
March 8

International Day of Happiness
March 20

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21

International Day of Forests
March 21

World Down Syndrome Day
March 21

World Water Day
March 22

World Meteorological DayMarch 23

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
April 6

World Health Day
April 7

International Mother Earth Day
April 22

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21

This article was last updated on 13 April 2021

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