Major 2015 Events : Driving momentum for a new development agenda

UNESCO is gearing up for a year of major events, which will drive our advocacy for a new global development agenda to follow 2015.

Events are highlighted in the calendar below. The year will culminate in a series of activities which we will host for COP21 (21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), taking place from 30 November to 11 December, shortly after our General Conference .

We will do everything possible to press for the adoption of an effective climate agreement that will keep global warming below 2°C, protect the most vulnerable, alleviate poverty and create a future with prosperity for all.


9 to 10 February 2015: 3rd edition of the symposium “Biodiversity and Climate” UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Organized by the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Program, the Sector for Social and Human Sciences, the association “Humanity and Biodiversity” and the Inspire Institute, the Symposium will provide a creative and open debate on conservation politics with actors from all fields. The focus will be on concrete solutions, youth, ecological solidarity and responsible entrepreneurship. 

23 to 27 March 2015: “Environmental change and society week”, Poitiers, France

Co-organized by UNESCO’s Sector for Social and Human Sciences and SciencesPo in Poitiers, the week will have three high-points: a student simulation of climate negotiations; an international colloquium on the social dimensions of climate change and  a series of cultural and artistic events.

09 April 2015 : Launch of the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, New Delhi, India & Paris, France

The 2015 Report titled 'Education for All 2000-2015: achievements and challenges' is the 12th and final report of the current series. The Report will provide an authoritative account of country progress and of commitments undertaken by the international community, based on up to date statistical evidence, in-depth policy analysis and informative case studies.

18 to 19 May 2015 : World Education Forum 2015,  Incheon, Republic of Korea

At the World Education Forum (Dakar, Senegal) in 2000, the international community affirmed their commitment to achieving Education for All (EFA) by 2015 through the adoption of the Dakar Framework for Action.
UNESCO, as the global lead coordinating agency for EFA, will organize the World Education Forum 2015 (WEF 2015) in order to take stock of how well countries have delivered on their commitments to EFA, to reach agreement on a new education agenda and to adopt a global framework for action for the years to come.

20 to 22 May 2015: “Business and Climate Summit” , UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

Organised by Global Compact France, Entreprises pour l’Environnement, Caring for Climate, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). 1300 participants are expected. The summit will synthesize business ideas on climate change so they can be heard by COP21 negotiators. One day will be dedicated to climate finance. 

23 to 25 May 2015 : International Conference on ICT and Post-2015 Education, Qingdao City, People’s Republic of China

This Conference will support the achievement of post-2015 education goals and targets by creating an interface between education and ICT sectors. Ministers of Education, ICT industry leaders and invited stakeholders will take part on stock-taking debates, sharing of knowledge, and technology demonstration. The Conference outputs include a high-level Statement with policy recommendations about how to harness the power of ICT to address educational challenges and to ensure equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all. Following up actions and relevant partnerships are also envisioned to help Member States to develop system-wide ICT in education strategies for shaping the national post-2015 sustainable development agendas.

8 June 2015: World Oceans Day , UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

This day will examine links between oceans, climate and humanity. It will include technical workshops, international plenary sessions, an Open Campus and exhibitions to raise awareness about the scientific, economic, social and governance aspects of the Ocean. 

28 June to 7 July 2015 : 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee, Bonn Germany

During the session, the Committee will consider requests for the inscription of new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List and examine the state of conservation of sites already inscribed on the List.

7 to 10 July 2015: International conference “Our common future under climate change”, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

This will be the scientific event of the year on climate change. More than 1000 scientists will establish the current state of research and discuss measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Youth delegates will have a high profile. As a member of the organizing committee, UNESCO will promote an interdisciplinary vision and an internationalized panel of speakers. Five parallel sessions will be organized by UNESCO, on : education for sustainable development, the science/politics/society nexus, oceans and climate, freshwater, and indigenous knowledge. 

7 to 20 October 2015 (tentatives dates):  197th Session of UNESCO’s Executive Board, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

26 to 28 October 2015: 9th Youth Forum of UNESCO, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

Youth delegates (18-25 years old) from around the world will develop recommendations on education, science, culture and communication for presentation to UNESCO’s General Conference. Priority will be given to climate change with a potential connection to the “Conference of Youth” which has “constituency” status at COP21. 

4 to 7 November 2015 : World Science Forum 2015, Budapest Hungary

The 2015 World Science Forum (WSF) is organized under the theme ‘the enabling power of science’, to examine and highlight the many ways in which science improves quality of life for the benefit and advancement of society.
In keeping with previous years, the WSF programme will explore relevant topics linked to the theme and provide a platform for improved dialogue and collaboration between the scientific community, private sector, government and civil society.

3 to 18 November 2015 (tentatives dates):  38th Session of UNESCO’s General ConferenceUNESCO Headquarters in Paris

16 to 18 November 2015 : Leaders Forum ,UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

The 2015 edition will be dedicated to the 70th anniversary of UNESCO on the theme: UNESCO at 70. Peace and Sustainable Development in a Complex World. This forward-looking policy dialogue involves Heads of State and/or Government as well as representatives of Member States at ministerial level. The Leaders’ Forum is intended to address issues of strategic, global and interdisciplinary interest with a view to providing general orientations for the work of the Organization.

18-20 November 2015 (tentatives dates): World Heritage Assembly , UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

20 November 2015 (tentatives dates) : 198th session of the Executive Board , UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

November – December 2015: Exhibition “Climate change impacts on mountainous regions of the world” UNESCO Headquarters.

On the initiative of the International  Hydrological and Man and Biosphere programmes, an exhibition will be displayed for one month at UNESCO. It will show satellite images of mountain regions around the world, with a focus on natural heritage and biosphere reserves. Using comparative timelines, the exhibition will raise awareness about mountain ecosystems, the impact of climate change on these regions and propose adaptation measures. 

30 November  to 4 December 2015 : Tenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Windhoek , Namibia

1 to 4 December 2015: International conference “Water, Megacities and Global Change” UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

ARCEAU - Association Recherche Collectivités dans le domaine de l'EAU, in partnership with UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme, will put forward the emerging issue of urban water management under climate change. ARCEAU will create a network to facilitate cooperation between water stakeholders through knowledge-sharing and innovative practices ). 

23 to 28 November: Regional groups pre-sessional meetings for COP21, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris