Press releases

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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.
8 September 2020
The urgent pressure of rising developing country debt, climate change and the destruction of biodiversity can be addressed together using a new form of debt swaps. This provides the opportunity for a green post-COVID-19 recovery that will help reduce poverty, a new report released today says
22 April 2020
Statement on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from IIED director Andrew Norton: “As COVID-19 dominates global attention and action it is critical governments remember that their urgent action is also needed to stop the twin emergencies of nature’s destruction and climate change.
2 April 2020
In response to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and COP26 president the UK government’s announcement that the 2020 UN climate summit is postponed, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “Given the disruption to the entire political process leading up to the climate summit, including the postponement of crucial preparatory meetings, this decision is not surprising, however disappointing. But it is vital that throughout this process the voices of the people in the most vulnerable countries can be heard, which without face-to-face meetings, is not possible.
3 March 2020
New research introducing a system to help protect biodiversity while also reducing poverty, is released by IIED today, marking World Wildlife Day (3 March)
13 February 2020
In response to the appointment of Alok Sharma as next president of the 26th UN climate change conference (COP), IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The government’s appointment of Alok Sharma was unexpected although his previous ministerial background in international development and the Foreign Office should mean he understands the scale of the task ahead and the importance of the voices of the most vulnerable countries.
20 January 2020
On Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that the UK government will stop investing in coal overseas, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “The UK government’s decision to stop providing aid to support coal projects is long overdue and a welcome step in the right direction – but it needs to go further.
15 December 2019
On the conclusion of the UN climate talks in Madrid, Spain, Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), said: “Determination to rise to the challenge we all face has averted a near victory for the polluters. But the days of accepting compromise as progress is 20 years out of date, and the vulnerable countries held firm. 
13 December 2019
As the UN climate talks head towards their conclusion in Madrid, Spain, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The fate of the Paris Agreement is in the balance.
5 December 2019
IIED is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Tara Shine as its new chair