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Thousands of workers assemble and test fiber optic systems in a Chinese factory (Photo: Steve Jurvetson, Creative Commons, via Flickr)
8 August 2017

Governments and businesses in the developing world can help protect people's jobs and livelihoods from the damaging effects of automation and rapid technological change. This can be done by refocusing their economic and social policies to make them more sustainable and fair, new analysis shows

10 July 2017

As the final round of the United Nations' preparatory committee meeting on the establishment of a new mechanism to govern the high seas begins, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "Moves to govern the high seas must enable the least developed countries to play an active role in protecting and sustainably managing the ocean. And make sure any activity in these waters benefits everyone – particularly the poorest countries

5 June 2017

As the UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 in New York starts, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "It is vital that this meeting is a game changer – both for the health of the oceans and for the people who depend on them."

1 June 2017

In response to US President Trump's announcement that the United States has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "US President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement will be a huge blow to the United States' economy and its global standing. It directly contradicts the president's aims for America to be great again and play a lead role on the world stage.

4 April 2017

As the United Nations' Green Climate Fund board meets on 4 April, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The Green Climate Fund needs to seize this crucial opportunity and ensure money is used more effectively by directly channelling it to poor communities."

7 March 2017

Less than 10 per cent of money committed under international climate funds to help developing countries take action on climate change is estimated to be directed at the local level, new analysis reveals as the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance meets in Bonn, Germany today

19 November 2016
A lack of urgency at COP22 means that the poorest countries in the world must wait a further two years before key decisions are made on how to put the Paris Agreement into action, says IIED director Andrew Norton
15 November 2016
IIED's climate change head has welcomed the appointment of the new chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Gebru Jember Endalew

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