A view of the 67th World Health Assembly held last year in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by: Eric Bridiers / U.S. Mission Geneva / CC BY-ND

The future of international development cooperation is not just hashed out in dusty field offices and ramshackle schools and hospitals, but also at a variety of events, celebrations and other gatherings. Below are some of the most noteworthy events for the week starting May 18:

The 68th World Health Assembly
May 18-26
Geneva, Switzerland

The Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum at U.N.
May 18-21
New York, United States

What’s at Stake for Regulatory System Strengthening? Ensuring the Quality, Safety and Efficacy of Medicines
May 18
Geneva, Switzerland

Seminar by Saj Mendis of Embassy of Sri Lanka: Dynamics of Recent Economic and Political Developments in Sri Lanka
May 18
Tokyo, Japan

Information, Participation and Democratic Accountability: Field Experiments from Rural Mali
May 18
Washington, D.C., United States

Beijing+20: What Does Meaningful Progress Look Like for Women and Poverty?
May 18
Washington, D.C., United States

Financing for Development  Role of the Civil Society
May 18
Brussels, Belgium

Getting to Zero: Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia
May 18
London, United Kingdom

Regional Seminar on Cyber Preparedness in Europe and Central Asia
May 18-19
Vienna, Austria

Nature and Urban Well-Being — Nature-Based Solutions to Societal Challenges International Conference
May 18-20
Ghent, Belgium

Cyber Preparedness Seminar
May 18-19
Vienna, Austria

5th Session Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda
May 18-22
New York, United States

Harnessing Digital Trade for Competitiveness and Development
May 19
Washington, D.C., United States

#AskAg Twitter Chat: Aflatoxins 101
May 19
Online

Pax Nigeriana: Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation after Boko Haram
May 19
London, United Kingdom

Knowledge Partnership Forum on Innovation for Resilient and Smart Communities
May 19-20
Manila, Philippines

Global Soil Security Symposium
May 19-21
College Station, Texas, United States

Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy
May 19-21
Memphis, Tennessee, United States

World Hydropower Congress 2015
May 19-21
Beijing, China

World Education Forum
May 19-22
Incheon, South Korea

Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs
May 20
Bangkok, Thailand

Industry-Led Value Chain Coalitions: Global Leaders Teaming to Ensure the Future Viability of Commodities and Companies, and Improving Community Livelihoods
May 20
Washington, D.C., United States

The Health Sector Meets the Security Sector
May 20
Geneva, Switzerland

Financial sector development & growth — research call launch
May 20
London, United Kingdom, and online

The World Bank Group Controller and KPMG Annual Finance and Accounting Conference
May 20
Washington, D.C., United States

Launch of U.N. Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2015
May 20
Suva, Fiji

Breaking the Mold: How Mycotoxins Impact Agriculture, Nutrition and Development
May 20
Washington, D.C., United States

Conditional Cash Transfers for Women and Spousal Violence: Evidence of the Long-Term Relationship from the Oportunidades Program in Rural Mexico
May 20
Washington, D.C., United States

Improving Nutrition Through Accountability, Ownership and Partnerships
May 20
Brussels, Belgium

Mind the Science: Why Businesses Are Aligning Their Goals With the Planet
May 20
Paris, France

Members’ Consultation on Trade for Agriculture and Rural Development
May 20-21
The Hague, Netherlands

Regional Seminar: Women's Employment, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment: Moving Forward on Imperfect Pathways
May 20-22
Bangkok, Thailand

Third Asia Think Tank Summit: Inclusive Knowledge Partnerships for Development
May 20-22
Manila, Philippines

Fourth International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health
May 20-22
Istanbul, Turkey

The Data Revolution: Finding the Missing Millions
May 21
London, United Kingdom

Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2015
May 21-22
Bangkok, Thailand

World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2015
May 21-23
Dead Sea, Jordan

International Workshop on Climate Change "Youth Action on Climate Change"
May 21-24
Melaka, Malaysia

Climate Finance Day 2015
May 22
Paris, France

2nd International Symposium: Perspectives on ICT4D
May 22
Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015 Africa Youth Forum: Embracing Youth Entrepreneurship
May 22-24
Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Frontier 100 Forum
May 31-June 2
Cape Town, South Africa

International celebrations

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 21

International Day for Biological Diversity
May 22

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
May 23

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