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The world is racing to stop climate change. But the math still doesn’t add up

he entire globe is moving fast to stop climate change. The Paris climate agreement enters into legal force on Friday, and then shortly afterwards comes a first global meeting to start implementing it in Marrakech, Morocco. (Yes, there’s also a U.S. election in there somewhere that could, er, com ...

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The rush to ratification of the Paris Agreement

At the time of writing, according to the UNFCCC website tracking ratifications of the Paris Climate Agreement (PA), we currently have 60 Parties and 47.76 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounted for.

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The harlequin ladybird is a clever little devil

Tricked out in Halloween orange and black, a harlequin moves awkwardly through a micro woodland of moss on the concrete as if it were wandering through an alien world, which in some respects it is.

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The climate-change fight returns to Paris

Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit.

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The UN Meeting on Biosafety Ends with An Agreement to Advance Work on the Issue of Socioeconomic Considerations Regarding Living Modified Organisms

Hyderabad, 6 October 2012 - The sixth meeting of the governing body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety ended last night here in Hyderabad, India, with an agreement to advance discussions to clarify socioeconomic issues associated with living modified organism (LMOs).

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The UN List of Protected Areas: Launch of a New System for National Authorities to Update, Edit and Add Information

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to view the newly redeveloped UN List of protected areas system (part of the World Database on Protected Areas, a joint project of UNEP and IUCN) built specifically for national authorities to provide data into the global system by reveal ...

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COP 11

The Role of Ecological Networks in the Conservation of Migratory Species

Habitat destruction and fragmentation are recognized among the primary threats to migratory species. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and its related Agreements acknowledge that migratory species’ conservation merits particular attention in the designation and implementation of initiat ...

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The Paris agreement marks an unprecedented political recognition of the risks of climate change

“HISTORY is here,” declared François Hollande, France’s president, on Saturday morning.

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The Paris Climate Change Agreement – A Window for Africa’s Sustainable Development

“The Adoption of the Paris Agreement shows that the world understands that with climate change there are no winners and no losers. Either we all win together, or we all lose together”, the President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, said Sunday. “And yesterday we all comm ...

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The Paris Agreement Is Just the First Step in Fighting Climate Change

On November 29, over 1 million people in 175 nations took to the streets, in the largest protest demanding immediate action on climate change in history.

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The Hoodia case: the San experiences with benefit-sharing agreements

At this side-event representatives of the San are going to inform about their benefit-sharing agreements regarding the use of Hoodia. Representatives of European NGOs inform about (non)compliance with these agreements in user countries. - Working Group for Indigenous Minorities in Southern Afri ...

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The Green Customs Initiative and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Green Customs Initiative is a partnership of the Secretariats of six multilateral environmental agreements and four international organizations. It aims to enhance the capacity of customs and other relevant enforcement personnel to monitor and facilitate the legal trade and to detect and pre ...

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The Cooperation between Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity (Italy) and the Ministry of Agrarian Development (Brazil): "Using Ecogastronomy to value biodiversity at the rural territories"

In 2004, the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) and the Territorial Development Secretariat (SDT) had signed a cooperation agreement with Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. The main purpose of this agreement is to promote and support the preservation and valuation of traditional foods, t ...

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The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands raise the bar on cooperation between multilateral environment agreements

Montreal - 9 January 2007, Mr. Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), set ground-breaking standards for collaboration between multilateral environment agreements throu ...

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The Benefits of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention. Language: Spanish

Presentation on the benefits of plant variety protection under the UPOV Convention based on an Impact Study carried out by UPOV. Information on the relationship between the UPOV Convention and other international agreements will also be provided. It is planned to use half of the allocated time ...

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The Benefits of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention. Language: English

Presentation on the benefits of plant variety protection under the UPOV Convention based on an Impact Study carried out by UPOV. Information on the relationship between the UPOV Convention and other international agreements will also be provided. It is planned to use half of the allocated time ...

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The 30-year-old ozone layer treaty has a new role: fighting climate change

The 1987 treaty that stopped the pollution causing a hole in the ozone layer is rightly seen as a major success story. It’s arguably the most successful international environmental agreement ever. It’s true that, 30 years on from the signing of the Montreal Protocol, the Antarctic ozone hole sti ...

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Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation

The assumption that species are fixed entities1 underpins every international agreement on biodiversity conservation, all national environmental legislation and the efforts of many individuals and organizations to safeguard plants and animals. Yet for a discipline aiming to impose order on the n ...

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Talking Point: Big role to play as world fights climate change

THIS week, representatives of nearly 200 countries gathered in Bonn, Germany, for COP23, the major climate change conference of the year. While the corridors were filled with talk of the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement, support for the agreement remains ...

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Tackling Climate Change in the Caribbean: Natural Solutions to a Human Induced Problem

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 2 2016 (IPS) - The world is still celebrating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the main outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Sync Biodiversity

The UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) in its eleventh special session held in Bali, Indonesia discussed the need and possibilities for identifying synergies between biodiversity related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). The discussions held rec ...

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Sustainable food systems vital to achieving 2030 Agenda nutrition targets – UN Rome-based agencies

17 October 2016 – Opening its 43rd plenary session in Rome today in the wake of major global agreements on sustainable development and climate change, the main United Nations body focused on food security and nutrition, called for an urgent transformation of the world’s food system and nutrition ...

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COP 10

Sustainable Infrastructure Development consistent with biodiversity conservation in Japan

Japanese approaches (experiences and techniques) for harmonizing development and biodiversity will be presented to formulate agreements on the Revised Strategic Plan of the Convention. Japan has experienced environmental problems caused by rapid development, and has solved them through various ...

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COP 10

Strengthening Governments- Civil Society partnerships for enhanced CBD implementation

Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado will preside over this event which will present how the BirdLife International Partnership, a science-based organisation with local-global structure that is made up of more than 100 non-governmental organisations, is collaborating with CBD Parties and the ...

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Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity for MERCOSUR/ Estrategia para la Conservación y Uso Sostenible de la Biodiversidad para el MERCOSUR

The Ministers of Environment from Mercosur will sign the Project of Additional Protocol to the Environment of Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity Framework Agreement for Mercosur. This side event will show the background which led to Mercosur Environmental Area to rely on an ...

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Starting Line Draws Nearer for Global Climate Agreement

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 2016 (IPS) - The Paris Climate Agreement is on the verge of coming into force after 31 nations officially deposited their instruments of ratification here Wednesday, more than doubling the number of countries which have joined so far to reach 60.

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Spring duck hunting in Sápmi, Norway: Indigenous cultural practices based on traditional knowledge. Sustainable customary use of biodiversity?

Spring duck hunting is a saami tradition in the municipality of Kautokeino in Norway. The Sami Parliament and State authorities in Norway are now in consultations with the objective of achieving agreement for the future of spring duck hunting. Spring duck hunting is an indigenous cultural practi ...

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Six issues to watch at the Paris climate talks

Tension is mounting at the UN climate summit in Paris. As the meeting heads into its second week, negotiators are busy sifting through the draft agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions — line by excruciating line.

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Signing of Partnership Agreement with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations: Strengthening international cooperation for the conservation and use of biodiversity toward sustainable development

On December 4, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) (1) of the United Nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ...

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Shared values can forge consensus on climate change, scientists say

April 5 (UPI) -- Though scientists are largely in agreement on the realities of man-made climate change, the topic remains contentious among politicians and the general public.

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Setting the record straight on the Paris Climate Agreement

World leaders call it a historic climate pact. Others say the agreement does not go far enough and might remain an empty shell. DW takes a closer look.

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Senior UN official tells Forest Forum how it can contribute to sustainable development

13 May 2015 – A new international agreement on forests should aim at advancing implementation of sustainable forest management and bring about a reversal of deforestation, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said this morning.

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Senior UN climate change official envisages ‘good agreement’ at upcoming Pairs conference

25 August 2015 – The climate change agreement world leaders are expected to sign in December “has to take us to a less than 2 degree global warming path because that is the ultimate test of the whole package that will come out of Paris,” according to Janos Pasztor, a senior United Nations offici ...

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Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP).

Paris, 2 July 2007: Today, at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) the Secretariat signed an agreement with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) on future cooperation between the two organiza ...

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Scientists say North should commit to pay for forest conservation in South

OSLO, Norway, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- If the Paris Agreement is to be honored, countries in the Global North must commit to fund conservation efforts in the Global South. That is the conclusion of Bard Harstad, a professor of environmental economics at the University of Oslo.

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Science needed for more transparency in Paris climate projections

Safeguarding forests and minimising emissions from cutting them down is critical to meeting the Paris Agreement goals, but new research finds we need more scientific, consistent and transparent ways to measure progress toward these goals.

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Saint-Laurent and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Cooperate on Promoting Urban Biodiversity

SAINT-LAURENT, QC, June 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa and Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed a letter of agreement today to promote their common vision on urban biodiversity.

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