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.

September

3-11 September: World Conservation Congress
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will hold its four-yearly World Conservation Congress both virtually and in-person in Marseilles, France, bringing together the global nature community, including top international experts in conservation science, policy and practice. Several of IIED’s experts on biodiversity, conservation, nature-based solutions, illegal wildlife trafficking and forest degradation will be taking part in the event.

September (TBC): UN High Level Panel on Displacement
The UN High Level Panel on Displacement is due to submit its report on how to better prevent, respond, and achieve solutions to internal displacement. IIED experts have been researching responses to the needs of people who have been displaced by conflict or disaster to cities and urban areas.

14-30 September: 76th UN General Assembly.
IIED spokespeople will be available for interviews or briefings on climate finance, locally-led adaptation to climate change, debt swaps for climate and nature, and links between nature and climate change.

September (TBC): Food Systems Summit
As part of efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the United Nations is convening its first ever Food Systems Summit. IIED has a team of researchers looking at local food systems, biocultural innovations and how to ensure fair consumption.

28 September to 1 October: Energy Charter Treaty Talks
The penultimate round of Energy Charter Treaty Talks are aimed at modernising the treaty, which was set up as an international agreement that establishes a multilateral framework for cross-border cooperation in the energy industry. IIED has published research into the use of investor state dispute settlements to protect fossil fuel assets and what this means for climate change.

October

11-17 October: World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings
IIED researchers have been exploring the use of debt relief to support both the COVID-19 recovery and climate and nature ambitions for low-income countries, as well as the reallocation of Special Drawing Rights.

11-15 October: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) negotiations (COP15)
Major international discussions on biodiversity will take place ahead of the COP15 which has been postponed until April 2022. The delayed COP15 in Kunming, China will open for major international discussions on biodiversity to agree to a new ten-year Global Biodiversity Framework. IIED researchers are promoting the need for greater involvement and consideration of local communities in the framework, as well as stronger commitments to provide the funding and resources to implement it.

27 October: UK government finance update
British Chancellor Rishi Sunak is due to give a half-yearly update on public finances and economic outlook. Earlier in the year, the House of Commons voted to cut the UK’s foreign aid budget indefinitely. IIED is a vocal opponent of these cuts.

28 October (TBC): Emissions gap report
The UN is due to publish its emissions gap report which analyses the revised Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), plans from countries on how they will mitigate and adapt to climate change, to assess if the collective ambition in the NDCs is enough to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

30-31 October: G20 meeting
The leaders of the G20 will meet in Italy. IIED spokespeople will be available for interviews or briefings on climate finance, locally-led adaptation to climate change, debt swaps for climate and nature, and links between nature and climate change.

November

1-12 November: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations (COP26)
The delayed COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland will be one of the pivotal events of 2021, with a focus on countries increasing the ambition of their commitments to tackle the climate emergency. IIED is involved in a number of elements related to nature, finance, locally-led adaptation and urban issues, including leading major events and supporting the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Group negotiators.

9-11 November: Energy Charter Treaty Talks
The final round of Energy Charter Treaty Talks. The talks are aimed at modernising the treaty which was set up as an international agreement that establishes a multilateral framework for cross-border cooperation in the energy industry. IIED has published research into the use of investor state dispute settlements to protect fossil fuel assets and what this means for climate change.


Ongoing research

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

  • Cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Links between modern slavery and climate change
  • Debt, climate change and gender
  • Tracking climate finance to the local level
  • Equitable governance enabling biodiversity conservation
  • Specific links between nature and climate in the CBD and UNFCCC