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Why Canada will pay to help places like the Solomon Islands fight climate change

"Nice name," said the president of the United States, perhaps deviating from his prepared text.While announcing his determination to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change, Donald Trump was lamenting that American funds had been committed to help developing countri ...

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Wild Carpathia: “the forest is Romanian’s brother”

The first-ever United Nations Summit on Oceans, which took place in New York on 5-9 June, has reached a global agreement to reverse the decline of the ocean’s health, with more than 1,300 pledged actions for protecting the ocean and the adoption of a 14-point Call for Action to conserve and sust ...

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With new Norway-US forest cooperation, support grows to save forests by offsetting flights

This week at the Oslo REDD Exchange, Norway and the US committed to deeper collaboration over slowing climate change through forest protection. The agreement supports efforts within the International Civil Aviation Organisation to utilise a market system with incentives to reduce deforestation.

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With ‘unstoppable’ momentum, Paris climate pact set for early November entry into force – UN chief

5 October 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April is set to enter into force on 4 November, as enough countries have signed onto the landmark accord to bring it to the emissions thresho ...

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Without funding, developing country climate plans will wither

The Paris Agreement’s entry into force should be celebrated. Little will be achieved, however, unless governments turn words into action.Although Latin America and the Caribbean are confronting a difficult economic situation, there is a strong case for implementing the agreement, which can build ...

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Working from 'streamlined text,' officials race to finish global climate change deal

(CNN)—The United Nations' leader said Friday that a "cleaner, streamlined text" of a global climate change agreement has emerged, expressing hope that negotiators in Paris will resolve "several outstanding issues" and finalize a deal soon.

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‘At time of great division,’ unity on Paris climate accord must be built upon – UN Assembly President

15 December 2015 – The President of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly today vowed to begin the hard work of carrying out the Paris Agreement on climate change, reminding the world that at a time of great division, the unity, leadership and collective responsibility demonstrated in t ...

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‘Climate change knows no national borders,’ Ban says, urging consensus-building ahead of Paris conference

4 November 2015 – With the “deadline” for concluding a universal climate agreement just four weeks away, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that despite months of talks and critical pledges on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, key issues still remain in play – on equity and differentiat ...

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‘Our task is not over,’ says Ban, urging action on Paris climate pledges ahead of signing ceremony

17 February 2016 – While the international community has provided a solid foundation for the world’s response to climate change by adopting the Paris Agreement this past December, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that it is now necessary to build on that momentum in order ...

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Presentations and Panel discussion on the implications for biological collections of the proposed EU-wide Regulation on Implementing the Nagoya Protocol together with an examination of the roles of such collections in the utilisation of genetic resources. The development and adoption by sectors ...

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‘There is no time to waste’ Ban says, as Paris climate accord crosses first threshold for entry into force

21 September 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that more than 55 countries have formally joined the Paris Agreement on climate change signed by world leaders this past April, officially crossing one of the two thresholds required to bring into force the landmark ...

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‘Today is an historic day,’ says Ban, as 175 countries sign Paris climate accord

22 April 2016 – As 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at United Nations Headquarters today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the next critical step is to ensure that the landmark accord for global action on climate change enters into force as soon as possible.

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‘UN reformer’ Guterres must do more on climate change

Right now, the capability of the UN’s institutions to understand, prepare and respond to climate change risks is terrifyingly inadequate.In Paris, nations reached agreement to mitigate against and adapt to climate change. It was an agreement between countries to take national action, but we live ...

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“ASEAN Center for Biodiversity: Opportunities to promote CBD implementation in the Southeast Asian Region”

“The ASEAN Center for Biodiversity was recently established by the ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to promote biodiversity conservation in the region, which is well known for its diverse and rich tropical biological diversity. The Center reflects the st ...

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“París Is Not the End of a Climate Change Process but a Beginning”

SANTIAGO, Nov 27 2015 (IPS) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet says the climate summit in Paris “is not the end of a process but a beginning,” and that it will produce “an agreement that, although insufficient with respect to the original goal, shows that people believe it is better to move a ...


Reference: SCBD/RMCS/MR-H/40594 (2003-126)
To: CBD National Focal Points

The Secretariat has signed an Agreement with the Government of the Netherlands which provides a grant of 1,600,000 Euros to the BE Trust Fund over the period 2003-2006

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