IIED media calendar

IIED’s media calendar highlights events scheduled for the coming months as well as research that we are currently working on.

For more information about IIED’s work and how it relates to the events, or to request an interview or briefing, please contact media manager Sarah Grainger on sarah.grainger@iied.org or +44 7503 643332.


23-27 January: LDC5
The Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries is due to take place in Doha, Qatar and is expected to come up with a new ten-year action plan for the LDCs to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. IIED has been supporting the LDCs in climate negotiations for many years. 


28 February: IPCC Working Group II 
A plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to approve the second instalment of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) submitted by Working Group II. It will detail how the places where people live, work and visit are impacted by and are vulnerable to climate change. 


28 Feb-3 March: MENA Climate Week
The first ever Middle East and North Africa Climate Week will be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Dubai, bringing together governments, cities, private sector leaders, financial institutions and civil society. 

7-12 March: Africa Protected Areas Congress
The Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) is the first ever continent-wide gathering of African leaders, citizens, and interest groups to discuss the role of protected areas in conserving nature, safeguarding Africa’s iconic wildlife, delivering vital life-supporting ecosystem services, promoting sustainable development while conserving Africa’s cultural heritage and traditions. It will take place in Kigali, Rwanda. IIED researchers hope to present work on using private-sector insurance schemes to tackle human-wildlife conflict.

28 March: IPCC Working Group III Plenary Session
The third installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) is due to be published. It will focus on global and national efforts to mitigate the devastating and varying impacts of climate change, looking at innovation and solutions in energy and urban systems, and in sectors such as agriculture, forestry and land use, buildings, transport and industry.

Ongoing research

Some of the issues that researchers are currently working on include:

  • Loopholes in mining exploration licences
  • Smallholder farmers in global value chains
  • Debt and the climate finance gap
  • Tracking climate finance to the local level
  • The politics of tree-planting schemes
  • Specific links between nature and climate in the CBD and UNFCCC