Upcoming Events

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Several international meetings are currently being postponed or switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19. We will update this page on a periodic basis as new information is available. Details for the following upcoming events will be announced:

For a listing of ocean webinars open to the public, you may be interested to browse this database, which is updated in real time.

    May 2021
  • Fifteenth meeting of the COP to the CBD

    May 17, 2021 to May 30, 2021, Kunming, China
    The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings. To date the Conference of the Parties has held 14 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then these meetings have been held somewhat less frequently and, following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, will now be held every two years.
  • World Economic Forum

    May 18, 2021 to May 21, 2021, Lucerne-Bürgenstock, Switzerland
    The Annual Meeting 2021 in Lucerne-Bürgenstock will be held around the theme of “The Great Reset”. The meeting will focus on the solutions required to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Global leaders will come together to design a common recovery path, to shape “The Great Reset” in the post-COVID-19 era and rebuild a more cohesive and sustainable society.
  • September 2021
  • IMPAC 5

    September 26, 2021 to October 1, 2021, Vancouver, Canada
    IMPAC is an international forum to discuss marine protected areas (MPAs) that assists in the establishment and management of MPA networks by informing, involving, and influencing stakeholders. The congress happens every four years and brings together marine conservationists, managers, practitioners and scientists from across the world to share their experiences and knowledge of marine conservation and marine protected area establishment.
  • November 2021

    November 1, 2021 to November 12, 2021, Glasgow, UK
    For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted; bringing together over 30,000 delegates including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.