Events preview: July-Dec 2020 in development cooperation

We round up the major events and gatherings for the global development community in 2020. Photo by: @sci_fi_superfly on Unsplash


Gender Data Series: Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on women and girls
May 12-July 22

Devex and Facebook are launching a series of 10 virtual workshops to create a better understanding of the gender-related issues highlighted by the current pandemic and to share important lessons learned about how data can help inform better responses to the current and future pandemics.

Data for a decade of action: A conversation with Francesca Perucci and Jeffrey Sachs
July 16

During an exclusive, virtual Newsmaker event co-hosted by Devex and SDSN TReNDS, attendees will hear directly from two global development leaders — SDSN President Jeffrey Sachs and Francesca Perucci, chief of the Development Data and Outreach Branch at the United Nations Statistics Division — as they address the urgent need to redouble efforts on the SDGs and the role that data can play in not only tracking progress on the goals, but also ensuring urgent action where it is needed most.

On the Frontlines: Empowering global health workers in the era of COVID-19
July 21

Devex will host a half-day, online event to advocate for change, highlight solutions, and share approaches that help strengthen and empower health workers globally. During the flagship digital event, Devex will shine a spotlight on the challenges health professionals face in low- and middle-income countries while discussing innovative approaches that can reduce the shortage of trained health care workers.

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August 6

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Imagining the World to Come in Caribbean Small Island Developing States. The Post-COVID-19-Era

July 10

Online; Kingston, Jamaica

K-water & UNESCO i-WSSM Summer Program on Water Management
July 13
Republic of Korea

Continuing learning and schooling for refugees: Ensuring refugee students are able to learn at home and return to school
July 13
Online; Paris, France

Third Local and Regional Governments Forum on the 2030 Agenda
July 13

Launch of the 'State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020'
July 13

Global Technical Meeting on Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda
July 13-16

How Electromobility in LAC Can Help Create the Jobs of the Future?
July 14

UN Chamber Music Society Concert in Support of UNESCO’s ResiliArt Movement for Artists
July 14
Online; New York, United States

Research during Covid-19: learning from practice
July 14

Chief Sustainability Officers for SDGs
July 14

SDG Acceleration Actions to Build Back Better
July 14

Global Consultation on Youth and Digital Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa
July 14-15

World Youth Skills Day 2020 “Skills for a Resilient Youth in the Era of COVID 19 and Beyond”
July 15
Online; New York, United States

Parliamentary Forum on the Occasion of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable DevelopmentJuly 15

Central Asia: Youth Skills and Open Solutions
July 15
Khujand, Tajikistan

A Water Future for Cities: Scaling up Integrated Urban Water Management Solutions
July 15
Online; New Delhi, India

Ensuring quality of learning and well-being for young children in the context of the COVID-19
July 15
Online; France

Launch of the Global Coalition for Education - Peru Chapter
July 16
Lima, Peru

Africa’s lockdown dilemma: High poverty and low trust
July 16
Online; Maputo, Mozambique

Climate-Resilient Water Management Approaches: Adaptation in an Age of Uncertainty
July 16 - October 20
Online; Paris, France

ECOSOC High-level Segment 2020July 17

IISD Webinar: High-level Political Forum 2020 Review
July 17

9th International Conference on Asian Economic Development— Toward Sustainable Development Goals: Poverty Eradication and Inclusive Sustainable Growth
July 21-22

July 2020 ECOSOC Management SegmentJuly 21-22

Central Africa countries facing the impact of COVID-19 on poverty
July 22
Online; Yaounde, Cameroon

Virtual Regional Consultation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (Asia and the Pacific Region)
July 23-24
Online; Seoul, Korea

Getting Our Priorities Straight: The Relationship Between Cost-Effectiveness Evidence and Burden of Disease
July 24

Distinguished Speaker Series: Webinar on Private and Institutional Investment in Urban Infrastructure

July 31


Transport Forum 2020
Aug. 24-28
Event has been postponed indefinitely.


Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2020: Global Unrest
Sept. 3-4
Event has been postponed to June 24-25, 2021.

Sixteenth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC.16)
Sept. 8-11

19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases
Sept. 10-13
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Event has been canceled but may be rescheduled.

COP6 - Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention
Sept. 14-16
Rzeszow, Poland

UN General Assembly 75. Leader’s Biodiversity Summit
Sept. 15-30
New York

53rd ADB Annual Meeting
Sept. 18-21
Incheon, South Korea

Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention
Sept. 21-22

Technical Meeting on the Future of Decent and Sustainable Work in Urban Transport Services
Sept. 21-25

Climate Week NYC
Sept. 21-27

9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns
Sept. 30-Oct. 2


47th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 47)
Oct. 12-16

Climate Adaptation Summit 2020
Oct. 20
Event has been postponed to Jan. 25, 2021.

IFC 9th Global Education Conference
Oct. 28-29
Mexico City


3rd Global Conference of the Sustainable Food Systems Programme
Nov. 1-30

2020 JCI World Congress
Nov. 3-7
Yokohama, Japan

2020 AGM of the IGF on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
Nov. 9-13
Event has been canceled.

UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (COP26)
Nov. 9-19
Glasgow, Scotland
Event has been postponed to 2021.

Global Landscapes Forum
Nov. 14-15
Glasgow, Scotland
Event has been postponed to 2021.

Expo 2020 Interfaith Dialogue
Nov. 16
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7th Global Summit on Climate Change
Nov. 18-19
Lisbon, Portugal

8th IMF Statistical Forum: Measuring the Economics of a Pandemic
Nov. 18-19

Mountains 2020
Nov. 23-27
Praia, Cape Verde
Event has been postponed to March 2021.

32nd Session of the Intergovernmental Council for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
Nov. 25-26

Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Financing for Development, Fourth Session
Nov. 25-27


Ensuring the Right to Quality and Inclusive Education for Learners With Disabilities and Learning Difficulties: From Commitment to Action
Dec. 3-4

Our Ocean 2020
Dec. 7-8

Global Congress on Sustainable Energy and Fuels
Dec. 10-11
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Distinguished Speaker Series: High-Touch High-Tech Education: Transforming Post-COVID-19 Education
July 1

Workshop on Skills Development in Rural or Remote Areas
July 1-3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Response Strategy to the Pandemic Under a Comprehensive Approach. The Experience of Israel
July 2

Dialogue With Illustrators. 2nd Session of the Cycle “Educate for Resilience. Towards Resilient Learning in Times of Lockdown”
July 2

Webinar on "What Role Can African History Play in Addressing the Social and Human Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Continent?
July 2

FMIS Operations Under the COVID-19 Pandemic - The Korean Experience
July 6

The Labor Market Impacts of COVID-19
July 6

23rd International AIDS Conference
July 6-10

Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week
July 6-10
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Event has been postponed to 2021.

UN Environment Programme - Environment for Development
July 7

EconNet: This Time It's Different: The Role of Women's Employment in the Great Lockdown | Michele Tertilt (University of Mannheim)
July 7

Policies To Fight the Pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean | Presentation at London School of Economics
July 7

United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
July 7-17

Communicating Good Behaviors in Times of Pandemic
July 8

Virtual Workshop on Integration of Renewable Energy in Energy Systems: Perspectives on Investment, Technology, and Policy
July 8-10

Conversations on COVID-19 and Development: Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina
July 8


World Tourism Day
Sept. 27

International Day for Universal Access to Information
Sept. 28

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste
Sept. 29

World Habitat Day
Oct. 5

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
Oct. 13

International Day of Rural Women
Oct. 15

World Food Day
Oct. 16

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct. 17

World Statistics Day
Oct. 20

World Development Information Day
Oct. 24

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
Nov. 6

World Science Day for Peace and Development
Nov. 10

World Toilet Day
Nov. 19

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Nov. 25

International Volunteer Day
Dec. 5

Human Rights Day
Dec. 10

International Mountain Day
Dec. 11

International Universal Health Coverage Day
Dec. 12

International Migrants Day
Dec. 18

This article was last updated on 10 July 2020

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