The year 2024 will be a critical one for accelerating our progress towards a net-zero future. It’s crucial now that we sustain momentum, galvanise concerted action, and ensure the upholding of commitments and accountability of governments and leaders to deliver against key climate pacts.

Staying tuned to the big events and conferences taking place across the year in the realm of climate and sustainability, helps us keep abreast of news and global progress in the net zero transition, on both a business and individual level.

In 2024, there’s a plethora of UN summits, including the Biodiversity COP16, Climate COP29, the 6th UN Environment Assembly, the 12th World Urban Forum, and the UN Summit of the Future, to name a few.

Further to these, several energy conferences and expos are scheduled throughout the year; as well as youth climate activist events, and smaller-scale summits for business leaders and industry experts to showcase schemes and innovations for addressing challenges within our densely populated urban areas.

Here are some key dates for your diary, relating to sustainability, conservation and climate action.

World Earth Day: April 22, 2024
The theme for this year’s Earth Day is ‘Planet vs Plastics‘, where campaigners are calling for a 60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040. Between 23-29 April, governments, NGOs and business leaders will convene in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, to continue negotiating the terms of the United Nations Global Plastic Treaty.

World Cities Summit (WCS), Singapore: 2-4 June, 2024
This event is a global platform for government leaders and industry experts to address urban challenges and share innovative solutions for sustainable urban development. The WCS covers a wide range of topics related to urban development, including sustainable city planning, infrastructure, transportation, housing, technology, governance, and resilience to climate change. World Cities Summit

Bonn Climate Change Conference: June 3-13, 2024
The Bonn Climate Change Conference serves as a key milestone in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP29 (see below). These mid-year sessions provide an opportunity for countries to refine negotiation texts and resolving outstanding issues in preparation for the COP event.

Sessions this year include ‘Annual Global Dialogue on Climate Stocktaking’, ‘Linking the Technology Mechanism and the Climate Financial Mechanism’, and ‘Dialogue on Children and Climate Change’.

World Environment Day: 5 June
This is one of the United Nations’ principal vehicles for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. First established by the UN General Assembly in 1972, World Environment Day has grown into a global platform for raising awareness and mobilising action on pressing environmental issues.

Climate Tech Summit: 12-13 June, 2024
The Climate Tech Summit 2024, which is held over two days in London, will have over 200 delegates in attendance, and 25 keynote speakers from a range of businesses including SOSV, National Grid, CTVC, Katapult and more.

The G7 Summit: 13-15 June, 2024
This is an annual gathering of leaders from the world’s seven largest advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the US, along with representatives from the European Union.

Urban Future Global Conference, Rotterdam: 5-7 June, 2024
This conference will be focusing on urban sustainability, innovation, and smart city solutions, bringing together policymakers, city leaders, and industry professionals.

Reset Connect London: 25-26 June, 2024
An event focusing on businesses and sustainability, featuring discussions on achieving net-zero goals and sustainable business practices. Reset Connect London 2024

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Future Green City World Congress, Netherlands:
23-26 September, 2024
A congress dedicated to exploring sustainable and green urban development, featuring discussions on eco-friendly infrastructure, energy efficiency, and green technologies. Future Green City

The Summit of the Future: 22-23 September, 2024
The Summit of the Future will look at how nations can cooperate better to deliver on many existing agreements and commitments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 2030 Agenda, and the Paris Agreement.

Future Urbanism, Dubai: 14 – 18 October, 2024
An expo and summit focusing on smart city initiatives, sustainable urban development, and innovations in city planning and management. Future Urbanism Expo

The Biodiversity COP16: October 21-November 1, 2024
The United Nations Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP16) is scheduled to be held in Cali, Colombia, in late October. Originally, Turkey was going to host it but after a series of earthquakes in February 2023 they had to withdraw.

The Net Zero Festival: 22–23 October, 2024
Hosted by Business Green, the Net Zero Festival features a diverse program of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities. Participants have the opportunity to hear from thought leaders, industry experts, and leading organizations on topics such as renewable energy, sustainable transportation, circular economy, carbon pricing, climate finance, and corporate sustainability strategies.

The 12th World Urban Forum (WUF12): 4-8 November, 2024
With the theme, ‘It All Starts at Home: Local Actions for Sustainable Cities and Communities’, WUF12 will focus on localising the Sustainable Development Goals, in order to empower local stakeholders, encourage citizen participation, and make sustainable development more responsive to local needs. This year the event will be held in Cairo, Egypt. WUF12

Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona: 5-7 November, 2024
An annual event showcasing the latest innovations and technologies in smart city development, featuring discussions, exhibitions, and networking opportunities. Smart City Expo World Congress

United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP29): 11-22 November, 2024
The COP29 summit, the 29th United Nations Climate Change Conference, will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan this November.

LiveableCitiesX, Dubai: 26-28 November, 2024
A conference focusing on creating livable and sustainable cities, although the agenda is not yet available at the time of listing. LiveableCitiesX

Outside of these events, elections at various levels of government, including local, national, and international, will feature candidates and campaigns focused on environmental issues. Politicians advocating for sustainability and climate action will be actively engaged in campaigning and promoting their agendas.