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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
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