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11 October 2018
Representatives from communities affected by the illegal wildlife trade are calling on governments meeting in London today to recognise local communities as equal partners in conserving wildlife, strengthen their rights to land and increase benefits from wildlife, and give local knowledge equal status in tackling the illegal wildlife trade
10 October 2018
Ahead of the London Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference (11-12 October), IIED director Andrew Norton said: "Local communities have been sidelined from the decisions made about how to tackle the illegal wildlife trade for too long."
8 August 2018
Inadequate forest laws, corruption, and illegal and excessive logging have destroyed much of Mozambique’s forests. Improving regulation within the country and in its trade with China, and better law enforcement, are key to reversing this, a new IIED report says
1 June 2018
“Since President Trump announced the US would quit the Paris Agreement, millions of people’s lives have been devastated by the impacts of climate change. The repeated commitment by many national and local governments and businesses to keep the landmark agreement and show it can withstand the US president’s decision brings hope.
23 April 2018
Syrian doctors, nurses and other experienced medical professionals seeking sanctuary in Lebanon are prevented from being able to work. This is leaving many people – including refugees – without vital medical attention and facing an over-stretched medical system, new research reveals
23 March 2018
In response to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reports on the state of biodiversity, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services' revelations about the state of life on our planet are loud, clear and alarming."
17 November 2017
As the UN climate talks head towards their conclusion in Bonn, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "These talks show signs of achieving some important progress, but equally they lack the necessary decisive action on the rules for the Paris Agreement and on making clear commitments on finance."
14 November 2017
In response to the US administration advocating 'clean' fossil fuels at the UN climate talks for helping development, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "In holding this event the US administration confirms how sidelined it is.
3 November 2017
Ahead of the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (6-17 November), IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The floods, hurricanes and wildfires that have devastated millions of people's lives from Bangladesh to the Virgin Islands must serve as a wake-up call. There is no question – climate change is here now."
30 October 2017
IIED director Andrew Norton issued a statement ahead of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's Seventh Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture meeting
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
10 November 2016
As Donald Trump wins the US election, IIED director Andrew Norton calls for the United States to continue to be a leader in the fight against climate change
3 November 2016
As the Paris Agreement enters into force, IIED director Andrew Norton calls for the voices of the most vulnerable to be heard, and for a timetable for action to be agreed
14 October 2016
Nearly 200 million people living in cities across the world lack access to electricity. Greater commitment to financing energy and other basic services is needed to help tackle urban poverty and make cities engines of economic growth, new research reveals ahead of the UN's Habitat III meeting in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October
4 October 2016
The European Union's ratification of the Paris Agreement is a "huge step forward", says IIED director Andrew Norton, but the poorest countries, who are most affected by climate change, must be included in key discussions
14 September 2016
A group of national government, business and community leaders have embarked on a programme of sector reform that will turn the artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector into a responsible, inclusive, rights-based engine for sustainable development in Ghana
23 June 2016
Eighteen indigenous mountain communities call for support to strengthen traditional natural resource management systems
9 June 2016
An international delegation from more than 15 of the world's Least Developed Countries will be in London on 13 June to explore how they can use the opportunities presented by the global agreement on Sustainable Development Goals to lift themselves out of poverty

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