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Francophone negotiators sitting around a table (Photo: UNITAR)
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In a recent workshop, participants from Least Developed Countries learned about the mechanics of climate negotiations, tackled complex terminology and discussed how to resolve conflict situations that can arise during multilateral talks
Black grouse fight in Vaala, Finland. The country is committed to protecting biodiversity under its implementation of the sustainable development goals (Photo: Markus Varesvuo/NPL/Barcroft)
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The global goals, which UN members signed up to last year, are for all countries, not just poor ones. How is the UK going to implement them?
A partially obstructed drain in Gangtok city, Sikkim (Photo: David Dodman/IIED)
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How can urban planners deal with the unpredictable future impacts of climate change? IIED researchers visited two Indian cities to see how a learning-based approach can help
Around a billion urban dwellers live in informal settlements such as these. Without far more effective policies, their population could rise to 2 billion by 2030 (Photo: Mark Edwards)
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Ten concise points respond to the current draft of Habitat III's New Urban Agenda which is lengthy, dense and gives too little attention to the key roles of local government and civil society
A woman carrying groceries in the village of Bouwéré, Mali. Assessments looked at how women experienced resilience to climate disruption (Photo: P.Casier/CGIAR, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Assessing how climate change adaptation and development investments can strengthen local people's resilience to climate extremes
Women from Paraguay's Ita Guasu indigenous community discuss their community development plan. Civil debate and value-based decision making will be key to implementing the SDGs (Photo: USAID, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Reconciling diverse visions of sustainable development will be key to SDG progress
A wholesale fish market in Cox's Bazar on the Bay of Bengal. Fishing communities need access to finance and infrastructure such as clean water, refrigeration and transport (Photo: Aftab Uzzaman, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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The ambition of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 targets, according to the introductory text, is to 'leave no one behind'. But what does it mean in practice? This blog aims to explain this by focusing on the small-scale fishery sector in a developing country – specifically using the case of a fishing community in the Lower Meghna Basin in Bangladesh
Prime Minister David Cameron has helped the UK provide global leadership on addressing climate change. But he has decided to resign after the European Union referendum vote, and there are fears that the UK will become more insular (Photo: Russell Watkins/DFID, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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The UK must take action to reinforce its place as an international leader in climate change despite uncertainty posed by Brexit
Sewing on the street in Djibouti. The informal sector still plays an important role in most of the LDCs (Photo: Charles Roffey, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Essam Yassin Mohammed recently participated in a mid-term review of the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs, an ambitious 10-year plan that aims to see half of LDCs (23) graduate from "least developed country" status by 2020. The conference highlighted five main issues that could hinder LDCs reaching this ambitious goal
Women learning how to install and maintain solar home systems in the rural town of Bogra, northern Bangladesh (Photo: ILO, Creative Commons via Flickr)
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Can the Least Developed Countries reimagine development? A meeting in London looked at the key issues

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