Press releases

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13 November 2015
Following US Secretary of State John Kerry's recent comments that the Paris summit might not deliver a legally binding treaty to fight climate change (like that of the Kyoto protocol), the chair of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) negotiating group had some strong words to share with the secretary
30 October 2015
The chair of the Least Developed Countries group, Mr Giza Gaspar-Martins of Angola, has responded to the UNFCCC's release of its synthesis of the INDCs submitted by the UNFCCC 1 October deadline
20 October 2015
Developed and wealthy nations must allow their policies to reflect the magnitude and urgency of action needed to tackle climate change, thus allowing a serious boost in ambition in this last round of climate negotiations before December's Paris UN talks, say the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Group
7 October 2015
World leaders have agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but arguably Goal six – the water and sanitation goal – will have the hardest job building on the work undertaken by the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A timely special double edition of the journal Environment and Urbanization on "sanitation and drainage in cities" explores persistent gaps in urban sanitation provision and ways to address them
2 October 2015
World leaders left New York having agreed a framework for the world’s sustainable development, but for mountain communities around the world this action can’t come quickly enough. Climate change is already here, threatening their food security, nutrition and livelihoods
25 September 2015
International Institute for Environment and Development director Andrew Norton is available for interviews on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will be attending the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 25-27 September, where it is expected that new global development goals will be agreed that take us up to 2030
25 September 2015
A new book that challenges those who see drylands agriculture and livestock systems as inherently vulnerable to food insecurity and poverty will be discussed at a launch on Wednesday, 23 September (12.30-2pm) at the European Commission's Infopoint
4 September 2015
Putting control of forest land into democratic local businesses could significantly slow or even halt man-made forest loss, according to new research to be released on Monday, 7 September at the 15th World Forestry Congress, held this year in Durban, South Africa
20 August 2015
'Valuing variability: new perspectives on climate resilient drylands development' provides fresh perspectives on the value of dryland production systems from across Asia and Africa
14 July 2015
A new report into the drivers and impacts of wildlife crime in Uganda was launched on Wednesday, 8 July
13 July 2015
IIED staff will be attending the Third International Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13-16 July
10 July 2015
Ghana is the first country to benefit from a global series of in-country, cross-sector dialogues on artisanal and small-scale gold mining
9 July 2015
A new IIED report has undertaken the first thorough analysis of the legal issues surrounding investment treaties and land rights, highlighting the vulnerability of land rights in low and middle-income countries and the risk that contesting 'land grabs' may expose states to large compensation claims
30 June 2015
Diverse groups that make up the mining sector have outlined and begun work on two key issues that present barriers to an integrated industry
11 June 2015
Proposals for a new Hilsa Conservation Trust Fund that aims to relieve the financial burden from the government and help bridge the finance gap were discussed by Bangladesh fisheries officials and researchers and practitioners on 11 June
18 May 2015
As the second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum opens in New York, an alliance of 26 civil society organisations (CSOs) are calling for the SE4ALL initiative to ensure that civil society can participate effectively in national and regional decision-making processes
8 May 2015
IIED hopes that the Conservative cabinet will demonstrate UK leadership on inclusive citizenship and green prosperity on the global stage
30 April 2015
Delegates at the 9th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change called on world leaders to address the needs of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people
27 April 2015
IIED has issued a statement to say that the organisation's thoughts and hopes are with those affected by the earthquake which struck Nepal and areas of Bangladesh, India and Tibet on 25 April.
23 March 2015
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) today announced the appointment of Dr Andrew Norton as director. Dr Norton will take up his role as IIED director on 29 June, 2015. He has more than 30 years' experience: several years' field experience in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean, as well as in roles at the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). He comes to IIED during a critical year for environment and development.
2 March 2015
Researchers, community representatives, United Nations and government officials and NGOs have issued a set of recommendations on engaging communities in combating the illegal wildlife trade. The recommendations come on the eve of World Wildlife Day on 3 March.
15 December 2014
The UK parliament's Environmental Audit Committee has warned in a new report that the government risks undermining new global development goals, following evidence that the UK has been seeking to limit their scope and ambition. IIED submitted evidence to the committee that the government's position on the Sustainable Development Goals threatened the universal scope of the goals
4 December 2014
The heads of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) are together calling for "substantially expanded ambitions to tackle both extreme poverty and greenhouse gas emissions"
3 November 2014
IIED has responded to the IPCC's latest report, which was published on 2 November 2014. AR5 confirms that there is now extreme certainty that climate change is happening
4 September 2014
An international seminar in Costa Rica on 5 September looked at the economic contribution of marine and coastal ecosystem services to the regional economy. Key stakeholders from government, academic institutions, national and international organisations demonstrated the importance of marine and coastal ecosystems and looked at the implications for decision making.