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#107080
2016-02-03

Conservation plans that sacrifice people could fail

The UN climate agreement signed off in Paris, France, in December 2015 intensified the global push to protect forests as ‘carbon sinks’ that can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Meeting Document
#107078
2016-02-02

Document

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

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#107061
2016-02-02

Paris Agreement 'decisive turning point' on climate change, says new UN senior adviser

29 January 2016 – Less than two months after 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate is ...

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#107070
2016-02-02

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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#107071
2016-02-02

Core Principals of Climate Finance to Realize the Paris Agreement

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2016 (IPS) - The Paris climate change conference brought together 197 countries and over 150 Heads of State – the largest convening of world leaders in history – to agree on measures and work together to limit the global average temperature rise.

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#107044
2016-02-01

Final agreement reached to protect B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

The 20-year battle to protect the Great Bear Rainforest – the largest coastal temperate rainforest on the planet – is over, with the B.C. government set to announce Monday it has reached an agreement with environmentalists, forest companies and First Nations.

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#107034
2016-01-29

Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, January 29, 2016 – The Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP), in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming below 2 degrees Cels ...

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#106951
2016-01-22

France calls on world leaders to give Paris climate deal 'new push'

Ratifying the agreement at a meeting in New York to enshrine it in international law is the next step, says France’s foreign minister Laurent Fabius

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#106942
2016-01-21

Indian Government signs raptor conservation agreement

India has become the 54th country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), an important international agreement to protect migratory birds of prey.

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#106880
2016-01-18

Evaluate education system in context of sustainable development goals’

HMEDABAD: The year 2015 was significant for policymakers across the globe as 193 nations including India accepted sustainable development goals (SDGs) and it was soon followed by Paris Agreement at COP 21.

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#106860
2016-01-15

CoP 21: The Start of a Long Journey

NEW DELHI, Jan 14 2016 (IPS) - The agreement reached in December, 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a major step forward in dealing with the challenge of climate change.

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#106848
2016-01-14

We Have No Way to Predict the Unintended Consequences of Geoengineering

The historic agreement forged in Paris among 195 countries in December holds the promise of triggering a global shift to combat climate change—and harbors a hidden warning.

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#106827
2016-01-13

Are corporates coming on board to tackle climate change?

The 2015 climate summit in Paris was considered a qualified success by many. Even then, it was essentially an agreement between governments. To make real change will mean a change of lifestyle, and that will require massive changes in the way we consume.

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#106797
2016-01-11

Protection of marine areas to be based on science, Hunter Tootoo says

Arctic-born fisheries minister says Canada will make good on international agreement on coastal waters

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#106800
2016-01-11

Academics call for geoengineering preparation in wake of Paris Agreement’s 'deadly flaws'

Scientists say failure of agreement to immediately implement emissions cuts means geoengineering must be seriously explored, despite the enormous risks it entails

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#106765
2016-01-07

Caribbean Journalists Prepare to Report on Climate Change

SANTO DOMINGO, Jan 6 2016 (IPS) - Environmentally committed journalists in the Caribbean point to a major challenge for media workers: communicating and raising awareness about the crucial climate change agreement that emerged from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris.

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#106733
2016-01-05

Putin reviews environmental agenda

Weeks after a breakthrough U.N. agreement on climate issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said next year would be the year of the environment in Russia

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#106740
2016-01-05

What does the Paris agreement mean for the world's other 8 million species?

The word “biodiversity” is employed once in the Paris agreement’s 32 pages. “Forests” appears a few times, but “oceans”, like biodiversity, scores just a single appearance. There is no mention of extinction. Wildlife, coral reefs, birds, frogs, orchids, polar bears and pikas never show up anywhe ...

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#106705
2015-12-29

Can the Planet Be Saved?

The two words “climate” and “change” are so routinely strung together that just saying them as a pair—“climate change”—seems to somehow obscure the full weight of the phenomenon they describe, to say nothing of its consequences. But in those moments when one pauses to consider the ramifications ...

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#106695
2015-12-23

COP21: Building peace by linking responses to climate change and security

Last weekend, the world cheered as negotiators secured the best possible deal on climate change. It’s an historic agreement tackling what The Observer called “the greatest existential threat to life on Earth.”

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#106679
2015-12-21

'Worthless words' or 'diplomatic triumph'? Climate scientists weigh in on Paris agreement

The general view of the Paris agreement reached last week among climate scientists seems to be that while it won't halt global warming, it is an important step in that direction.

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#106667
2015-12-18

Forests gain long-awaited recognition in Paris climate summit

The climate change agreement adopted by 195 countries in Paris last week raised the profile of forests in ways never seen before.

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#106668
2015-12-18

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.

News Headlines
#106669
2015-12-18

New climate change agreement a historic win for human health

For the first time in history, nearly every country in the world has agreed to take action to combat the defining issue of the 21st century – climate change.

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#106673
2015-12-18

Experts: Paris Agreement falls short on indigenous rights

When world leaders announced a historic climate deal in Paris after years of negotiations, many participants and observers touted it as a triumph marking thebeginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era.

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#106625
2015-12-16

‘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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#106629
2015-12-16

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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#106635
2015-12-16

Caribbean welcomes the new climate change agreement

Caribbean Community governments and regional organisations have welcomed the new climate change agreement concluded in Paris at COP21. We join in that accolade.

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#106614
2015-12-15

Inclusion of REDD+ in Paris climate agreement heralded as major step forward on deforestation

Heading into the Paris climate talks, there was serious doubt about the long-term viability of REDD+, the UN program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, without a major breakthrough.

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#106616
2015-12-15

Paris climate change deal too weak to help poor, critics warn

COP21 agreement excludes poor and fails to put humanity’s interests above short-term goals, say environmentalists and financial experts

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#106618
2015-12-15

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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#106580
2015-12-14

Nations approve historic global climate accord

Representatives of 195 countries approved a landmark plan to combat climate change on 12 December. The ambitious global agreement commits most countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while seeking to protect low-lying islands from rising seas and helping poor nations develop their eco ...

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#106583
2015-12-14

COP21 agreement prominently addresses protection of earth’s forests

PARIS: At last, forests! — The final draft of the binding Paris Agreement on climate change directly and boldly addresses the necessary role of the world’s forests, working in concert with carbon emission cuts, to slow the march of rising global temperatures.

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#106585
2015-12-14

Paris Delivers Historic Climate Treaty, but Leaves Gender Untouched

PARIS, Dec 13 2015 (IPS) - After 2 weeks of intense negotiations, on Saturday evening, the 21st UN climate conference (COP21) in Paris finally delivered a historic agreement that, for the first time, promises to keep the global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. The treaty, consisting 31 pages and ...

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#106587
2015-12-14

Paris Delivers the Promised Climate Deal to Resounding Cheer and Applause

PARÍS, Dec 13 2015 (IPS) - The impossible was made possible. Governments from 195 countries around the world emerged here with the first universal agreement to cut greenhouse gases emissions and reduce the negative impacts of climate change.

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#106591
2015-12-14

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.

News Headlines
#106592
2015-12-14

Climate activists have mixed reactions to Paris agreement

While world leaders have unreservedly hailed this weekend's historic climate pact, environmentalists have often been more cautious. For many climate experts and activists, the agreement simply does not go far enough.

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#106597
2015-12-14

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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#106606
2015-12-14

Ban hails Paris climate accord as ‘health insurance policy for the planet’

14 December 2015 – Calling the Paris Agreement on climate change “a health insurance policy for the planet,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he never lost faith over his nine years in office that the international community could rise to the challenge and take steps to cu ...

News Headlines
#106562
2015-12-11

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.

News Headlines
#106563
2015-12-11

Paris climate change deal: new draft cuts through key sticking points

French foreign minister says Paris talks are ‘extremely close’ to agreement but negotiations will overrun into Saturday

News Headlines
#106564
2015-12-11

Paris climate talks: Obama calls Xi Jinping in final push for a deal

US reaches out to China to smooth divisions and negotiations are taken behind closed doors as countries try to secure an agreement by Saturday

News Headlines
#106572
2015-12-11

Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

An agreement on a plan to slow global warming could come Saturday.

News Headlines
#106573
2015-12-11

COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as 'monumental triumph'

12 December 2015 – Following the adoption of the new Paris Agreement on climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said government representatives made history today.

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#106512
2015-12-09

COP21: grassroots organizations spotlight women's voices at UN climate conference

8 December 2015 – Dozens of non-governmental organizations rallying outside the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris today voiced the importance of bringing more women to the forefront of discussions, both in terms of who is negotiating the new climate agreement and what wil ...

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#106519
2015-12-09

Paris talks: US pledges to double aid to climate-hit countries

The US has promised to double to $861m aid to countries on the frontline of climate change in the final push to reach an agreement to avoid dangerous global warming at crucial UN talks in Paris.

News Headlines
#106521
2015-12-09

French negotiators furiously work the backrooms to secure a climate deal

French diplomacy is fighting 23 years of entrenched positions in international climate talks as backroom negotiations continue with the aim of pushing through a draft agreement by Wednesday.

News Headlines
#106529
2015-12-09

COP21: efforts advance on reaching climate change agreement, says top UN official

9 December 2015 – A new stage in the development of a final agreement on climate change to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius or less has been reached today, according to the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change.

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#106452
2015-12-08

Gender Day Celebrated at COP21

Paris, 8 December, 2015 - The importance of gender issues with regards to climate change was recognized today at COP21 Climate Conference in a series of events devoted to promoting an inclusive and equitable agreement in Paris.

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