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#109811
2016-09-06

In historic ceremony, UN chief hails China, US for formally joining Paris climate agreement

3 September 2016 – Visiting the southeastern city of Hangzhou in China, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the leaders of that country and the United States for formally joining the Paris Agreement on climate change today.

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#109784
2016-09-01

Access And Benefit Sharing Mentioned In US Patent For Natural Dye, Might Be A First

A recent patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to a Colombian company stated where the genetic resource of the invention was taken from and described the access and benefit-sharing agreement made with indigenous communities. This might be the first time that such a stat ...

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#109718
2016-08-25

A New Regime for the High Seas

Late last year, nearly 200 nations came together in Paris to reach a critical global climate agreement. The Paris climate agreement demonstrated that the international community can come together and successfully tackle a grave environmental problem of global scope. It is now time for the intern ...

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#109459
2016-08-04

Cities rush to measure climate footprint after Paris deal

The number of cities reporting on their efforts to tackle global warming has risen 70 percent to 533 around the world since the adoption of the Paris climate change agreement in 2015, the group collecting the data said

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#109231
2016-07-21

UN chief invites leaders to fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

20 July 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change and speed up the process to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

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#109155
2016-07-14

SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, and Aeromexico Work Together to Spread Information about Biodiversity in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), through the Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), signed an addendum for increased cooperation through the Collaboration Agreement it signed with the ...

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#109129
2016-07-11

Binding agreement on high seas fishing in Arctic Ocean needed, says conservation group

‘A treaty needs to be broad enough and strong enough that it can stand up internationally,’ Oceans North

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#109099
2016-07-06

UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy

Global or regional agreements are vital for cross-border problems such as pollution and wildlife crime, says new environment chief, Erik Solheim

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#109045
2016-06-29

Cameron urged to ratify climate deal before quitting as PM

Prime Minister David Cameron has been urged to ratify the Paris climate agreement before leaving office.

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#108952
2016-06-21

Maldives urges rich countries to rapidly ratify Paris climate agreement

Environment and energy minister of small island state, one of the countries most at risk of global warming impacts, says ‘no time to waste’ on Paris deal

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#108925
2016-06-17

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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#108773
2016-06-01

Here’s what’s driving deforestation in South America

Halting deforestation is such a critical part of combating climate change that it was enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement as a standalone article — yet few countries systematically monitor the drivers of deforestation within their borders.

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#108661
2016-05-19

Celebrate The International Day For Biological Diversity With Micro Conservation

There's nothing like the potential loss of Earth's rich biodiversity and planetary life support systems to make one feel, well, a little overwhelmed. Our individual actions can seem like small roles on a very big stage.

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#108639
2016-05-18

Environmental groups demand end to logging of Australia’s native forests

More than 30 green groups sign statement after damning report says extending regional forestry agreements ‘would constitute an irrational decision on environmental, economic and social grounds’

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#108612
2016-05-16

UN climate talks in Bonn seek to turn Paris agreement into action

UN climate talks resume in Bonn on Monday, the first after the key Paris agreement last December. With the first four months of 2016 the hottest ever recorded, delegates are under pressure to push implementation.

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#108613
2016-05-16

Paris climate agreement has ‘failed’ poor countries, report says

The international climate deal agreed in Paris has “failed to include meaningful mechanisms” to guarantee financial support for poorer countries adapting to global warming, according to a report by Oxfam.

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#108616
2016-05-16

Paris Agreement goals impossible without decisive action to protect forests rights

When indigenous rights are recognised and enforced, communities successfully manage their forests - and make crucial contributions to climate change mitigation.

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#108488
2016-05-05

At climate summit in Washington, UN officials call to take action ‘to the next level’

5 May 2016 – Recalling that just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it is time to take climate action to the next level.

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#108410
2016-04-28

G-77 Should Adopt South-South Climate Change Program of Action: Ambassador Djoghlaf

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 2016 (IPS) - The 134 members of the Group of 77 and China (G-77) made their mark on the Paris Climate Change Agreement and should now adopt a program of action to implement it, Ambassador Ahmed Djoghlaf told IPS in a recent interview.

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#108368
2016-04-25

‘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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#108371
2016-04-25

Nations sign historic Paris climate deal

Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

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#108297
2016-04-22

UN says Paris Agreement on climate change must aim for long-term environmental stability

21 April 2016 – As global leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today called on signatories to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emission ...

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#108299
2016-04-22

Ahead of UNEA-2: Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

Nairobi/Bonn/New York, 20 April 2016 - The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.

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#108301
2016-04-22

Record turnout at UN boosts climate

Amid hope and hype, delegates have started the process of signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.

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#108304
2016-04-22

No Turning Back in the Global Fight Against Climate Change

Apr 22 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) - As people around the globe observe Earth Day today, world leaders are making history at the United Nations in New York. Over 100 countries will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, representing their commitment to join it formally.

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#108305
2016-04-22

165 states queue up to sign UN climate deal

Countries are lining up to sign the Paris Climate Agreement at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York on April 22. The treaty marks a turning point on paper, but still needs huge efforts to be implemented.

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#108275
2016-04-21

Race to ratify the Paris climate deal starts at the UN

The first significant step to putting the Paris Climate Agreement into practice will take place on Friday.

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#108252
2016-04-20

Unprecedented global warming as 2016 approaches 1.5 °C mark

Global surface temperatures could get close to the 1.5 °C-above-preindustrial limit before the Paris climate agreement even comes into effect.

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#108258
2016-04-20

UN Chief Seeks Fast-Paced Ratifications for Climate Change Treaty

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 2016 (IPS) - Over 150 countries are expected to sign the Paris climate change agreement on April 22 but the historic treaty will not come into force until it has been ratified by 55 countries.

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#108196
2016-04-18

Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

Nairobi/Bonn/New York, 20 April 2016 - The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.

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#108063
2016-04-12

Political storm clouds outlook for Brazil's climate change plan

BRASÍLIA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As at least 130 countries prepare to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York later this month, environmental experts have warned that enthusiasm for climate change action may be waning in Brazil.

Meeting Document
#107904
2016-04-01

UNEP/CBD/SBI/1/INF/39

Analysis of the National Reporting Processes in Agreements Relevant for Biodiversity – with Emphasis on the Convention on Biological Diversity

News Headlines
#107903
2016-04-01

Ban welcomes joint China-US pledge to sign Paris climate accord in April

1 April 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the joint presidential statement on climate change by China and the United States announcing that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at UN Headquarters on 22 April, the first day the accord ...

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#107840
2016-03-30

Mostafa K. Tolba, U.N. environmental official, dies at 93

Mostafa K. Tolba, a U.N. official who was considered the father of the Montreal Protocol, the agreement intended to save the ozone layer that is widely known as part of the world’s most successful environmental treaty, died March 28 in Geneva. He was 93.

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#107703
2016-03-18

Damaging Effects

Mar 17 2016 (Dawn, Pakistan) - The year 2015 will be remembered for two landmark global agreements. In September, UN member states endorsed the 2030 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Later, 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Paris Agr ...

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#107684
2016-03-17

Al Gore urges world leaders to sign Paris climate deal

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders must show their commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Paris climate agreement at a ceremony in April at the United Nations, climate change activist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said.

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#107664
2016-03-16

Post COP21: Costa Rica’s Innovation Must Become the Global Norm

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 14 2016 (IPS) - The Paris agreement means countries and corporations will be compelled to act much more quickly on making agricultural commodity production more sustainable.

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#107652
2016-03-15

Two forest countries, two very different conservation finance outlooks

Papua New Guinea and Tanzania are both REDD+ countries, meaning they’re participating in the UN program officially enshrined in the Paris climate agreement that aims to channel international finance to conservation activities that reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation and forest ...

Meeting Document
#107623
2016-03-12

Document

Updated Information on Experience of Compliance Mechanisms under Other Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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#107526
2016-03-07

For Mongolians, climate change is as personal as it gets

When the world adopted the newest climate agreement during the United Nations climate change conference — or COP21 — in Paris, France, last December, an urgent warning was sounded: The effects of climate change will only worsen if nothing is done to address the problem.

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#107293
2016-02-19

When conservation efforts foist the cost of climate mitigation onto poor people

The recent Paris climate agreement included REDD+, the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation program, as a key tool for combating climate change.

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#107294
2016-02-19

UN climate change chief steps down after historic Paris deal

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, announces she will step down in July after successful Paris climate agreement to cut emissions

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#107273
2016-02-18

‘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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#107240
2016-02-16

Fiji, First Country To Ratify Paris Climate Change Agreement

The Republic of Fiji has marked history by being the first country in the world to ratify the Paris Climate Change deal, which was drawn up by 195 countries in December last year.

News Headlines
#107226
2016-02-15

Costa Rica says it will support new shark protections despite agreements with fishermen

Wildlife experts from all over the world will converge on San José Monday to discuss international protections for shark and ray species.

Meeting Document
#107202
2016-02-12

UNEP/CBD/BS/CC/13/INF/2

Updated Information on Experience of Compliance Mechanisms under Other Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Meeting Document
#107135
2016-02-07

Document

Summary of "Mapping Multilateral Environmental Agreements to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets". UNEP-WCMC (2015), Cambridge

News Headlines
#107095
2016-02-04

Paris climate deal could 'displace millions of forest dwellers'

The Paris climate agreement could make millions of forest dwellers homeless, according to a new analysis.

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