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 press officer Jon Sharman on jon.sharman@iied.org or +44 7503 643332.

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Last updated 14 February 2024

February

26-29 February: WTO Ministerial Conference
The World Trade Organisation’s 13th Ministerial Conference will be held in Abu Dhabi. Member countries are expected to continue negotiating outstanding issues on the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies which was adopted by the WTO in 2022. IIED will be publishing research into some of the climate impacts of fisheries subsidies in advance of the meeting.

March

3 March: World Wildlife Day
Designated World Wildlife Day by the United Nations, March 3 was the birthday of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. IIED is currently researching the importance of nature to economies and climate change, consumption patterns being driven by the Global North as well as practical recommendations about how the loss and damage of biodiversity could be addressed.

7-8 March: Buildings and Climate Global Forum
Co-organised by France and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), with the support of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, the Forum aims to gather ministers and high-level representatives of key organisations, to foster collaboration for building decarbonisation and resilience. IIED researchers are looking into the ability of cities and urban areas to adapt to climate change. 

22 March: ICJ Deadline for Submissions on Climate Change Obligations 
The deadline for states and international organisations to make written submissions to the International Court of Justice, which has been asked by the UN to issue an advisory opinion on the liability of country's for the damage caused by climate change, has been extended to March 2024. IIED is urging the court to clarify how climate obligations should affect the interpretation of other rules of international law, including investment protection treaties, to ensure their application doesn't undermine the ability of states to honour their climate obligations. 

April

19-21 April: World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings 
The spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund will take place in Washington DC. IIED continue to work on debt levels among some of the lowest income countries who are most vulnerable to climate change, especially the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 

Ongoing research

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

  • Working conditions in India's sugar industry for women forced to migrate due to the impacts of climate change
  • How international investment treaties are holding back action on climate change
  • Mapping climate migration
  • How Small Island Developing States might deal with debt and climate change
  • Biocredits as a means to fund nature conservation