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18 September 2020
Joint press release | On the eve of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly, a call for heads of state to act to halt and reverse nature loss this decade comes from far and wide. Businesses; environment, development and humanitarian organisations; faith groups; local and regional governments; Indigenous People; and youth are all calling for action to secure a sustainable future for people and planet.
8 September 2020
The urgent pressure of rising developing country debt, climate change and the destruction of biodiversity can be addressed together using a new form of debt swaps. This provides the opportunity for a green post-COVID-19 recovery that will help reduce poverty, a new report released today says
22 April 2020
Statement on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from IIED director Andrew Norton: “As COVID-19 dominates global attention and action it is critical governments remember that their urgent action is also needed to stop the twin emergencies of nature’s destruction and climate change.
2 April 2020
In response to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and COP26 president the UK government’s announcement that the 2020 UN climate summit is postponed, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “Given the disruption to the entire political process leading up to the climate summit, including the postponement of crucial preparatory meetings, this decision is not surprising, however disappointing. But it is vital that throughout this process the voices of the people in the most vulnerable countries can be heard, which without face-to-face meetings, is not possible.
3 March 2020
New research introducing a system to help protect biodiversity while also reducing poverty, is released by IIED today, marking World Wildlife Day (3 March)
13 February 2020
In response to the appointment of Alok Sharma as next president of the 26th UN climate change conference (COP), IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The government’s appointment of Alok Sharma was unexpected although his previous ministerial background in international development and the Foreign Office should mean he understands the scale of the task ahead and the importance of the voices of the most vulnerable countries.
20 January 2020
On Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that the UK government will stop investing in coal overseas, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “The UK government’s decision to stop providing aid to support coal projects is long overdue and a welcome step in the right direction – but it needs to go further.
15 December 2019
On the conclusion of the UN climate talks in Madrid, Spain, Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), said: “Determination to rise to the challenge we all face has averted a near victory for the polluters. But the days of accepting compromise as progress is 20 years out of date, and the vulnerable countries held firm. 
13 December 2019
As the UN climate talks head towards their conclusion in Madrid, Spain, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The fate of the Paris Agreement is in the balance.
5 December 2019
IIED is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Tara Shine as its new chair
2 December 2019
At the start of the UN climate talks (COP25) in Madrid, Spain, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The alarming rise in global devastation from climate change demands governments agree urgent action in Madrid. Decisions need to put the world on course to no more than a 1.5°C temperature rise above pre-industrial levels. We cannot afford to go higher.
1 November 2019
In response to the news that the UN climate negotiations (COP25) will take place in Madrid, Spain, from 2-13 December 2019, rather than Santiago, Chile, IIED climate change director Clare Shakya says: “With time running out to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown, it is imperative that the international climate talks do not lose momentum. 
25 September 2019
In response to the UN Climate Action Summit, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “The summit did not go far enough. The science is clear – we cannot exceed a 1.5°C temperature rise. It is time to ditch the 2°C target.
25 September 2019
In response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC), IIED director Andrew Norton said: “This report’s findings are staggering. The rate and magnitude of change to the ocean, glaciers and ice sheets are happening much faster than previously predicted. The climate emergency must be met with equally accelerated action.
23 September 2019
At the start of the UN Climate Action Summit, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “This summit needs to live up to its name and produce effective, meaningful action to cut emissions and provide support to those who need it most.
19 September 2019
Struggling families in rural Bangladesh spend almost US$2 billion a year on preventing climate-related disasters or repairing damage caused by climate change – far more than either the government or international bodies, new research today reveals ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit
6 May 2019
In response to the IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “The IPBES report on the global state of biodiversity is shocking but not entirely surprising. The question is, how much more evidence and repeated warnings will it take for governments, companies and financial institutions to wake up to the urgency and act?
14 March 2019
New research showing how billions of dollars in climate finance can be used more effectively and reach more of the people it is supposed to, is released as governments, financiers and organisations meet in Nairobi, Kenya for the One Planet Summit (14 March)
11 March 2019
Key areas of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Pacific should be designated protected areas in order to safeguard vulnerable coastal communities’ livelihoods, new research published this week reveals
25 February 2019
Sweden’s deputy prime minister, Isabella Lövin, called for urgency to do more to protect the world’s oceans and ensure an inclusive and equitable blue economy, at a meeting in London today (25 February)
8 February 2019
It is crucial that the rights and needs of forest-dependent communities, including indigenous peoples, are at the centre of government and donor policies across the Congo Basin. This is vital for protecting the region’s forests, tackling poverty and fighting climate change, a meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon said.
1 February 2019
On the announcement of Mr Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi, secretary of the National Environment Commission of the Kingdom of Bhutan as the new chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The appointment of Mr Sonam Phuntsho Wangdi as the new chair of the LDC negotiating group on climate change is a welcome step.
14 December 2018
As the UN climate talks head towards their conclusion in Katowice, Poland, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “Far from picking up the pace of action needed to combat climate change, this meeting is betraying the women, children and men living in the most vulnerable countries who are already being hit by the devastating impacts of climate change."
30 November 2018
Ahead of the UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland (2-14 December), Andrew Norton, Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said: “This is the most important climate meeting since the Paris Agreement was adopted. Governments meeting in Katowice must seize the opportunity to slow the dangerous trend of rising temperatures. 
16 November 2018
Ahead of the 14th Conference of the Parties on the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (17-29 November 2018), IIED director Andrew Norton said: “This meeting is a crucial opportunity to establish a new strategy to make the Convention on Biological Diversity more effective in combating the accelerated loss of wildlife and ecosystems that has characterised the last 25 years

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