Press releases

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22 October 2021
Relocating cities, building storm shelters and evacuation plans among measures needed
20 October 2021
Action needed to rebuild trust among delegates and regain momentum on climate change
7 October 2021
Innovative financing could tackle triple crisis
20 September 2021
New evidence from northern Ghana and the Sundarbans outlines critical link
14 September 2021
Aid agencies must fundamentally rethink approach to those displaced for the long-term to urban areas
13 September 2021
UK promises of vaccines and quarantine expenses are not enough. Clarity is urgently needed on virtual participation for delegates.
3 September 2021
Protecting national parks, forests and reserves from environmental degradation will only be possible if more authority is devolved to local communities and other key players at conservation sites, and better governance is built from the bottom up, according to a new paper from IIED
19 August 2021
Reacting to the revised dates of COP15 by host country China and the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Dilys Roe, principal researcher at IIED said: “The CBD secretariat and presidency made the right decision. This additional time allows opportunity for a more fair and equitable negotiation and consultation process"
9 August 2021
Reacting to the publication of the sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “This report is the wake-up call the world needs. It shows the goal of keeping global warming to 1.5°C is still within reach, but only just and only if urgent action is agreed in the run up to and at COP26."
14 July 2021
Research finds little evidence of initiatives being led by local communities
13 July 2021
Reacting to the vote in the House of Commons supporting the UK government’s cut to the foreign aid budget, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “It’s deeply disappointing that in this crucial year as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing climate, environment and poverty emergencies, the UK is choosing to step back from playing a leading international role."
12 July 2021
Reacting to the closure of the G20 finance ministers meeting in Venice, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “The failure of the G20, especially hosts Italy, as well as the US and Australia, to use this weekend’s finance ministers' meeting to announce any new climate finance is hugely disappointing. Not only are they letting down vulnerable countries who are not getting the help they need to address the critical challenges they face, they’re letting down the whole world."
8 July 2021
World Bank, International Monetary Fund, UN and G20 should create new global initiative for climate and nature
10 June 2021
A new IIED report expects a delayed recovery from the economic effects of the pandemic due to the increased debt of low- and middle-income countries after COVID-19
28 May 2021
With the G7 summit opening in Cornwall two weeks today, IIED director Andrew Norton calls on world leaders by video message to commit to better access to climate finance for vulnerable countries
20 April 2021
IIED's bi-annual journal Environment and Urbanization (E&U) seeks to advance a more socially just and environmentally sustainable urban world through the provision of knowledge. It is committed to providing a platform for authors from the global South. Its latest issue, just published, focuses on education
16 March 2021
In response to the UK government's Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, IIED director Andrew Norton: "While we welcome the government's promise, restated in the House of Commons today, to restore overseas aid spending to 0.7% of gross national income (as soon as the fiscal situation permits), we are seeking reassurance that this signals a real commitment to poorer countries which thus cements the UK's position as a world leader in international development and a moral force for good.
25 January 2021
Climate emergency threatens to push 130 million people into extreme poverty by 2030, yet local people are often left out of decisions and funding; momentum emerges to shift status quo
12 December 2020
On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement and ahead of the Climate Action Summit, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “This is an important moment to take stock and recognise the Paris Agreement can work.
30 November 2020
Ahead of the World Trade Organization’s final talks on fisheries subsidies, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “It is crucial the World Trade Organization ends harmful fisheries subsidies once and for all. This is key to stopping overfishing, protecting the climate and tackling poverty.
25 November 2020
In response to the government’s decision to cut the UK's annual aid budget, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “By slashing the UK’s aid budget, the government is deeply damaging its fight against the climate crisis and nature loss, while jeopardising the lives and livelihoods of millions of women, children and men living in the most vulnerable countries."
21 November 2020
In a statement on the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “G20 leaders need to agree an economic recovery plan that is green and provides the support that billions of people living in poverty around the world need."
5 October 2020
A complex set of international legal measures protecting the fossil fuel industry risks significantly increasing the cost of moving to green energy and tackling climate change, a new report released today reveals.
30 September 2020
In a statement on the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, Andrew Norton, director of IIED, said: "This summit and the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature are clear signs that governments acknowledge the scale of the crisis facing the natural world and the urgent need for substantial action.
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.