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Climate negotiators complete first draft of global agreement

On 5 December, negotiators at the United Nations climate talks in Paris released a draft of an agreement to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Ban delivers favourable report card on early-stage talks at Paris climate summit

3 December 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a favourable report card today to the early stages of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, while at the same time urging both developed and developing countries to do more to reach universal agreement to mitigate the ...

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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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Island devastation as climate change batters Pacific

As the world’s governments meet in Paris to negotiate a global agreement to stem the tide of climate change, nowhere will the outcome of the talks be more anticipated than on the other side of the world in a string of islands across the Pacific Ocean.

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David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity

With world leaders now meeting in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference, we’re seeing signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming. Canadians, especially, have reason to be optimistic about our country’s role.

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COP21 climate change summit: Clock's ticking for a global agreement

(CNN)—The introductions and formalities are over. Now, it's crunch time to get a deal on a global climate change agreement.

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Climate talks updates: Obama says 'this one trend ... affects all trends'

After years of faltering negotiations, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change is expected to produce a landmark agreement during the next two weeks.

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COP21 Paris climate talks: World powers are aligned and change is possible

An agreement is needed to prevent countries from freeriding on others’ efforts, writes Jeffrey Sachs

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COP21: Ban tells African leaders they have 'enormous stake' in success of climate conference

1 December 2015 – At a gathering of African leaders at the United Nations climate change conference (COP21), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that their continent has an enormous stake in the success of the global event which aims to reach a new universal climate agreement to limit the ...

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UNDP calls for binding Paris agreement to stem global temperature rise

NEW YORK - As world leaders meet to commit to a new, global climate change agreement, UN Development Programme (UNDP) chief Helen Clark heads to Paris to join calls for an ambitious agreement that results in concrete actions to reduce emissions and limit temperature rise to well below two degree ...

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Barack Obama: parts of Paris climate deal must carry legal force

Barack Obama declared on Tuesday that some components to a global climate change agreement must carry legal force, easing one obstacle to a successful outcome at negotiations in Paris.

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Pushing the Caribbean agenda in Paris

PARIS, France (CMC) – St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has called on the international community to “negotiate and agree a legally-binding agreement with ambitious emission reduction targets”.

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Palau becomes first Pacific nation to join global pact to curb illicit fishing to protect biodiversity

1 December 2015 – Taking a massive step towards ocean conservation, the island nation of Palau is the latest in a growing number of countries- and the first Pacific island state- to ratify an international agreement to combat illegal fishing, which is estimated to deprive the global economy of u ...

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COP21 climate change summit: 'Never have the stakes been so high'

(CNN)—World leaders opened pivotal climate talks in Paris on Monday, saying the stakes are too high to end the talks without achieving a binding agreement to help slow the pace of global climate change.

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COP21: Ban tells world leaders 'a political moment like this may not come again'

30 November 2015 – Speaking at the opening of the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) which seeks to reach a new universal agreement to protect people and planet, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said a political moment like this may not come again.

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Mary Robinson optimistic for deal at climate change summit

UN special envoy on climate change Mary Robinson has said she is optimistic an agreement can be reached at the global summit on climate change in Paris.

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COP21 climate summit opens in Paris amid high security

World leaders launch a whirlwind day of talks in the French capital on Monday aimed at forging an elusive agreement to stave off calamitous global warming.

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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 ...

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Pope Francis Calls for Strong Climate Agreement during Visit to UN Environment Programme Headquarters

Nairobi, 26 November 2015 - His Holiness Pope Francis today called on world leaders to seal a strong agreement at the Paris climate change meeting next month, adding that transforming current development models was a "political and economic obligation", as he visited the global headquarters of t ...

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A ‘perfect’ agreement in Paris is not essential

So here we go again. Nations are meeting in Paris for their twenty-first attempt to agree on decisive action to avoid what the United Nations defines as dangerous climate change

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Impact of the Nagoya Protocol for BioTrade business and practitioners

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Against the Odds, Caribbean Doubles Down for 1.5 Degree Deal in Paris

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 23 2015 (IPS) - Negotiators from the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are intent on striking a deal to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels, but many fear that a 10-year-old agreement to buy cheap petroleum from Venezuela puts the ...

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Cuba, U.S. sign first environmental accord since diplomatic thaw

HAVANA, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- On Wednesday, U.S. and Cuban officials signed an environmental accord in Havana, the first such agreement since the countries renewed diplomatic relations this summer.

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Indigenous People take steps to have a voice in COP21

NEW YORK — Aspirations for a new global climate agreement in Paris next month hinge on commitments made by national governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, Indigenous Peoples—who own, occupy or manage up to 65 percent of the Earth’s land surface—have been largely excluded from t ...

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Paris climate deal must be legally binding, EU tells John Kerry

US warned that any agreement in Paris will be enshrined in law after secretary of state said it would ‘definitively’ not be a treaty

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What the world thinks about climate change in 7 charts

As world leaders prepare to negotiate a major climate change agreement later this month at the United Nations’ Paris 2015 conference, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that people around the world see the issue as a significant challenge and want their governments to take action.

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Access and Benefit Sharing: A contextual discussion on Article 8j and Indian Biological Diversity Act 2002 and Rules 2004 - Experiences form UNEP-GEF-MoEFCC project

National Biodiversity Authority, India is currently implementing the first National Project on Access and Benefit Sharing under the UNEP-GEF-MoEF Project on “Strengthening the Implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules, 2004, with focus on its Access and Benefit Sharing Provi ...

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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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This is the first in a two-part side event that will profile technical and scientific cooperation (TSC) initiatives under the Convention that support Parties in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Part one explores three broad umbrella initiatives. The second part of the side event will be ...

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Buddhists call for strong Paris climate deal to limit warming

Senior Buddhists have called on world leaders to agree a new climate change agreement at a conference in Paris next month.

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Beating climate change is key to making nutritious food needed to beat hunger

With hopes high that a new global climate change agreement will be signed at the UN’s COP21 talks in Paris, the world faces a difficult question. How do we feed and nourish an increasing number of people while ensuring that expanded agricultural production becomes more sustainable, and does not ...

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Africa: Aligning Sustainable Development Goals With Climate-Resilient Growth

In December 2015 the UN will host the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) negotiations to achieve universal commitment to an ambitious, legally binding agreement on climate change.

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UN drops plan to help move climate-change affected people

Australia opposed the plan for a group to assist migration, and it has been left off the draft agreement for UN climate talks in Paris

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Informal talks on climate change reveal broad support for ‘durable’ deal in Paris, Ban reports

27 September 2015 – Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reported today that ahead of an upcoming United Nations climate conference in Paris, world leaders have voiced broad support for reaching a durable agreement that will accelerate investments in clean energy and spur a global, low-carbon transform ...

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Countries urged to submit climate action plans ahead of UN conference in Paris

17 September 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is eager to get countries to submit as soon as possible their action plans that will form the basis of the new universal climate change agreement to be adopted in December in Paris, a senior United Nations official dealing with the issue said today.

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African nations threaten veto if climate deal too weak

[ARUSHA] African negotiators plan to block a global agreement on reducing global warming if the deal is too weak and fails to consider the implications of climate change for the continent’s wellbeing.

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Top musicians release ‘love song’ to Earth to inspire action at UN climate conference

4 September 2015 – Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change.

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Paris climate talks could fail, warns Francois Hollande

The president of France, Francois Hollande, has warned that the global climate change talks scheduled for Paris this December will fail unless nations make a much greater effort to reach agreement – and that the result could be millions of new refugees fleeing climate disaster.

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Led by Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf oil countries resist tough climate agreement

Saudi Arabia is being accused of trying to water down the climate agreement at international talks in Bonn this week. But the Middle East is vulnerable to the effects of climate change - and awareness may be growing.

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As momentum builds for December climate talks in Paris, Ban looks ahead to ‘bold’ outcome

26 August 2015 – Commending France’s “exemplary leadership” on efforts to tackle climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed that the international community is now at a stage where the final elements of the new climate agreement are being negotiated.

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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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Biodiversity agreement to protect endangered species

DA NANG — The Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society in Viet Nam have inked a five-year conservation plan.

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Africa: Leaders to Adopt Sustainable Development Agenda

Tanzania and other 193 member states of the United Nations have reached an agreement on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted next month by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

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Civil society: A key partner for post-2015 development agenda in Asia

Earlier this month, the world took a momentous step forward: the 193 member states of the UN reached an agreement on the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

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UN puts wildlife crime on a par with drug and people trafficking

A new agreement between 193 countries is set to clamp down on wildlife crime. Last week’s UN resolution upgraded the seriousness of such crime, putting it on a par with trafficking people and arms – a development that campaigners hope will take the issue out of its environmental niche and make i ...

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Global warming deniers are an endangered species

At the end of this year there will be a critically important international climate change conference in Paris. At this conference, nations will attempt to reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.

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Diet can be the single biggest driver of environmental degradation

This December, world leaders will meet in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, where they will hammer out a comprehensive agreement to reduce carbon emissions and stem global warming. In the run-up to that meeting, governments worldwide should note one critical, but often over ...

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U.N. Chief Seeks Equity in Paris Climate Change Pact

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 2015 (IPS) - When the 193-member General Assembly hosted a high level meeting on climate change Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any proposed agreement at an upcoming international conference in Paris in December must uphold the principle of equity.

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REDD+: The implementation challenge in the Congo Basin

REDD+ is now moving into countries’ implementation arenas after final agreements by parties over its modalities during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in Bonn.

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