Andrew Norton's blog posts

2 May 2018 |

As the spring UN climate change conference in Bonn gets under way, IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the Talanoa dialogue – an unprecedented consultation process designed to bring together different voices to strengthen countries’ climate pledges and keep the Paris Agreement on course.

1 February 2018 |

On a recent visit to Bangladesh, IIED director Andrew Norton saw first-hand the impacts of climate change and efforts to build resilience.

5 January 2018 |

As we face up to the challenges of the coming year, how does the global landscape for sustainable development look? IIED director Andrew Norton offers his thoughts on the key debates and changes we may see during 2018, and what they might mean for IIED's work

20 December 2017 |

Climate geoengineering is a divisive topic. What could be good – the promise of ways to either cool the planet through enhancing the reflection of sunlight, or to remove CO2 from the atmosphere thereby reducing global warming – could also be terrible. Particularly if banking on hypothetical solutions from unproven technology reduces the urgency of efforts to stop putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

6 November 2017 |

IIED director Andrew Norton calls for action at the UN climate talks in Bonn

17 August 2017 |

Automation and digital innovation are likely to have a profound impact on jobs in developing countries. Countries should act now to refocus their economic and social policies to make them more sustainable.

9 August 2017 |

IIED's new strategy update will sharpen our focus on how we tackle the challenges of climate action, global social justice and sustainable development over the next two years. 

10 July 2017 |

Efforts in Hamburg to rally 19 countries to the Paris Agreement were successful, but deeper ambition feels further away.

24 April 2017 |

IIED director Andrew Norton reflects on how the organisation delivers its mission, drawing on the findings of an independent external review.

14 February 2017 |

Climate change is happening, it's caused by humans and will have a negative impact on all our lives. So what are the facts – and what can 'ordinary' citizens do about it?

4 January 2017 |

Following the landmark global agreements on sustainable development sealed in 2015, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the end of 2016 prompted the question: can the world sustain this hard-fought momentum? 

15 November 2016 |

In the face of increasing links between a populist nationalist agenda and climate denial, IIED director Andrew Norton calls for a better political offer, and more effective leadership and mobilisation, to tackle the grave climate action challenge.

4 November 2016 |

The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force today. IIED director Andrew Norton argues that the voices of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people must be heard if the treaty is to be truly effective.

25 July 2016 |

The global goals, which UN members signed up to last year, are for all countries, not just poor ones. How is the UK going to implement them?

27 June 2016 |

IIED's director Andrew Norton argues that a spirit of internationalism must live on in the UK following the seismic shock of Brexit.

Andrew Norton's blog posts with other authors

Sarah Colenbrander and Andrew Norton
4 October 2016 |

The international commitment to reducing inequality marks a welcome breakthrough. But without clearer targets for measuring progress, driving change to tackle rising inequality will be a challenge.

Yvo de Boer and Andrew Norton
11 August 2016 |

From wetland protection in South Africa to scrapping fossil fuel subsidies in Indonesia, the best climate policies are pro-poor.

Neha Rai and Andrew Norton
9 May 2016 |

The 10th community-based adaptation conference culminated in Dhaka last week with a strong message to engage communities in climate change action. This implies a greater role for local governments and communities in determining how climate-related decisions are made.