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)
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
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."