Baku, Azerbaijan, will be the host city for this year's COP29 climate summit. Lloyd Alozie, Unsplash

The 2024 climate event guide

Our ongoing list of this year’s global environmental conferences, summits and more

What will 2024 bring to the global climate circuit? Following 2023’s groundbreaking but flawed agreement at COP28 in Dubai, world leaders are gathering again at several events this year that could make or break humanity’s future. Meanwhile, scientists, businesses and civil society are regrouping to hammer out solutions to our growing planetary pains.

Whether you’re looking to expand your knowledge, present your work, grow your network or find new ways to take action, 2024 is ripe with opportunities at climate events. From forestry and ocean conferences to global policy summits for climate, biodiversity and drylands, here’s your guide to the most important climate events of the year.

Upcoming events

The 11th Annual World Ocean Summit & Expo 

When: 11–13 March 2024

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

More information: Website

Hosted by Economist Impact’s World Ocean Initiative, this year’s World Ocean Congress & Expo seeks to spark conversation and action in the transition to a sustainable ocean economy. 

The event agenda will focus on ocean health, industry strategies for a sustainable ocean economy, and ocean-climate solutions.

Accelerating Nature-Based Solutions Conference

When: 11–15 March 2024

Where: Livingstone, Zambia

More information: Website

The world’s largest land restoration programming conference will bring together global thought leaders, change makers and action takers to address key challenges and lay out plans to accelerate nature-based solutions. This event will be co-hosted by the Global EverGreening Alliance, the government of Zambia, AUDA-NEPAD, AFR100 and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

Future Days: The Actionable Futures Festival

When: 21–23 March 2024

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

More information: Website

Held on the 50th anniversary of Portuguese democracy, this festival will focus on “democratizing futures.“ The program will cover three main themes: post-urban lives in a large-scale ecosystem (infrastructure, mobility and energy), equitable governance for tomorrow’s societies (governments, education and healthcare) and pluricultural creations and the AI era (food, design and arts).

2024 Ocean Decade Conference 

When: 10–12 April 2024

Where: Barcelona, Spain

More information: Website

As we near the halfway point of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), this UNESCO event will evaluate the main achievements since the launch of the Ocean Decade and key areas for action over the next three to five years.

The three-day conference will cover critical ocean challenges such as climate change, food security, sustainable management of biodiversity, sustainable ocean economy, pollution and natural hazards.

4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States

When: 27–30 May 2024

Where: Venue to be confirmed, Antigua and Barbuda

More information: Website

The Small Island Developing States came away disappointed with the agreement made at COP28. In May, the group will reconvene to review their sustainable development progress and propose a new decade of partnerships and solutions to the climate crisis, mounting debt and the economic and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNFCCC First sessional period 2024

When: 3–13 June 2024

Where: To be confirmed

More information: Website

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is set to host the 60th sessions of its subsidiary bodies. Stay tuned for more details.

3rd World Biodiversity Forum 

When: 16–21 June 2024

Where: Davos, Switzerland

More information: Website

Un­der the theme “From Sci­ence to Ac­tion,” the third World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum will bring to­geth­er re­searchers, prac­ti­tion­ers and civil society to ex­plore how to move from sci­ence to ac­tion and so­lu­tions to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty and set us on a path to­wards trans­for­ma­tion for sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

7th European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCB 2024)

When: 17–21 June 2024

Where: Bologna, Italy 

More information: Website

Organized by the Europe Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), the 7th ECCB will focus on a key theme of “biodiversity positive by 2030,” issuing a call to action towards the conservation of our planet’s biodiversity.

ICLEI World Congress 2024 

When: 18–21 June 2024

Where: São Paulo, Brazil

More information: Website; news release; registration form

In June, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability will organize its triennial World Congress. Hosted by the City of São Paulo, this event will showcase how local and regional governments across our network are advancing sustainable urban development worldwide.

26th IUFRO World Congress 

When: 23–29 June 2024

Where: Stockholm, Sweden

More information: Website

The IUFRO World Congress is one of the largest global forest events, held every five years since 1893 and bringing together leading scientists and top leaders to co-create a sustainable future for forestry, climate and society. Under the theme of “Forests and Society Towards 2050,” the 2024 event will address the challenges of population growth, climate change, globalization and a growing world economy for forests and their governance.

The GLF and CIFOR-ICRAF will be joining this event. Stay tuned for more details.

17th International Peat Congress 

When: 4–9 August 2024

Where: Taizhou, Zhejiang, China

More information: Website

Hosted by the International Peatland Society, the 17th International Peat Congress will provide a platform for peatland scientists, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to exchange knowledge, best practices and new ideas about peatland conservation and advocate for the responsible use of peat and peatland resources. This year’s proposed theme is “Peatlands in a Changing World.”

Summit of the Future 

When: 22–24 September 2024

Where: UN Headquarters, New York, NY, United States

More information: Website

The Summit of the Future is a high-level event bringing world leaders together to forge a new international consensus on how we deliver a better present and safeguard the future.

The Summit has two main aims: to accelerate efforts to meet our existing international commitments and take concrete steps to respond to emerging challenges and opportunities. This will be achieved through an action-oriented outcome document called the Pact for the Future, which will be negotiated, and endorsed by countries in the lead-up to and during the Summit.

Climate Week NYC 2024

When: 22–28 September 2024

Where: New York, NY, United States, and online

More information: Website

During the same week as the Summit of the Future, the annual Climate Week NYC will organize over 500 in-person, hybrid and online events and activities across the City of New York.

2024 United Nations Biodiversity Conference

When: 21 October–1 November 2024

Where: Cali, Colombia

More information: News release

This Conference will encompass the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP16), along with meetings of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol.

At COP16, governments will be tasked with reviewing the state of implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, adopted at COP15 in Montreal, Canada, in December 2022.

The GLF will be joining this event. Stay tuned for more details.

Regional Climate Weeks

When: To be confirmed

Where: To be confirmed

More information: Website

In 2023, Regional Climate Weeks were held for Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific in the buildup to COP28. This year’s events will be announced in due course.

2024 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP29)

When: 11–22 November 2024

Where: Baku, Azerbaijan

More information: News release from COP28

Last year’s COP28 conference in Dubai, U.A.E, saw countries agree for the first time ever to “transition away” from fossil fuels, as well as to finance the Loss and Damage Fund.

In November, world leaders and delegates will meet again in Azerbaijan at the largest climate event of the year, where they will aim to establish a new global climate finance goal.

The GLF will be joining this event. Stay tuned for more details.

UNCCD Conference of Parties 16th session (COP16)

When: 2–13 December

Where: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

More information: Website

Not to be confused with the UN Biodiversity Conference, COP16 will see world leaders convene for action on drylands under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This will be the world’s largest summit on land challenges since the last UNCCD Conference of Parties in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in May 2022.

The GLF will be joining this event. Stay tuned for more details.

Past events

2024 ECOSOC Partnership Forum 

When: 30 January 2024

Where: UN Headquarters, New York, NY, United States

More information: Website

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) kicks off the year with its 2024 Partnership Forum on the theme of “Reinforcing the 2030 Agenda and eradicating poverty in times of multiple crises: the effective delivery of sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions.”

The Forum will focus on five main Sustainable Development Goals: namely Goal 1 (no poverty); Goal 2 (zero hunger); Goal 13 (climate action); Goal 16 (peace and justice); and Goal 17 (partnership for the Goals).

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