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Legislative Harmonisation: Meeting the Requirements of the CBD and other multilateral environmental agreements

21 - 23 May 2001, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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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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Launch of an Enhanced Strategic Partnership to Benefit Life on Earth - Joint Efforts of UN Convention on Biological Diversity and The Nature Conservancy to Help Governments Implement Global Conservation Treaty, Increase Protected Areas

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and The Nature Conservancy announced they have entered into a groundbreaking partnership agreement to support the 191 United Nations CBD signatories in enhancing the implementation of the objectives of the Conve ...

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Launch of InforMEA - The United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEAs)

Geneva, 15 June 2011 – The Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (MEA IKM) develops harmonized MEA information systems to assist Parties and the environment community at large. Supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Initi ...

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Largest international gathering on Biosafety meets in Bonn to finalize arrangements for the Cartagena Protocol

Bonn, May 12 2008- Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety opened their fourth meeting today at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn, in Germany. More than 3000 delegates from 147 countries assembled to fulfill their commitment to ensuring the safe use of modern biotechnology, including reaching a ...

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Kuwait will become the 100th party to the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

7 June 2017 – On the 5th of June 2017, Kuwait ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization, an agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, bringing the total number of ratificatio ...

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Japan to ratify Nagoya protocol on genetic resources use

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government decided Friday to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and sharing of benefits arising from them, taking the step more than two years after the international agreement came into effect.

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Japan to exceed bluefin tuna quota amid warnings of commercial extinction

Conservationists call on Japan to abide by fishing agreements after reports annual quota will be exceeded two months early

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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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Island joins international agreement on whales and dolphins

An international agreement on whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation has been extended to the Isle of Man.

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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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Isla Mujeres signs natural-resources preservation pact

Authorities in Isla Mujeres signed a bilateral cooperation agreement with KECO, a public institution under the Ministry of the Environment of South Korea, to establish strategies for the preservation of natural resources.

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International treaty on biosafety marks its tenth anniversary

Montreal, 10 September 2013 – Under the theme, 10 Years of Promoting Safety in the Use of Biotechnology, the international community is marking the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the international agreement governing the movement of living modified organisms (LMOs) across national ...

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International Tropical Timber Organization and Convention on Biological Diversity Enter into Partnership

Tokyo, 2 March 2010 – The secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) signed a memorandum of understanding today to closely collaborate over the coming four years. “This agreement represents a further step in the efforts ...



International Seabed Authority

The International Seabed Authority is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Authority is the ...

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International Cooperation for Protected Areas at border regions

Cross-border cooperation is an excellent opportunity for enabling integrated sustainable development with other South American countries. Natural environment, although crossed by geopolitical borders, functions systemically, in such a way that environmental externalities may influence its indi ...

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Integrated approaches to national reporting to the Rio Conventions

National reporting to multilateral environmental agreements constitutes a substantial burden for Parties. The GEF/UNEP project 'Piloting integrated processes and approaches to facilitate national reporting to Rio Conventions' (FNR_Rio) has over the past three years tested approaches to integrate ...

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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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InforMEA: Assisting in the Implementation of Obligations and the Aichi Targets

Supported by UNEP, the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management Initiative (InforMEA) aims to assist Parties to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and the environment community at large, to access MEAs information from one central location. The Initia ...

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Indigenous Peoples, Consent and Benefit-Sharing. Learning Lessons from the San-Hoodia Case.

Benefit-sharing agreements have been negotiated between the San, indigenous peoples of southern Africa, and those using this knowledge in the commercial application of Hoodia, a succulent plant. Despite the fact that the case is well-known, there has been a lack of empirical research about infor ...

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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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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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India ratifies Paris climate pact at UN, brings its entry into force 'tantalisingly close'

2 October 2016 – India today ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, bringing the treaty's entry into force "tantalisingly" close.

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Increasing accountability in the Paris Agreement

New research provides insight into the role of independent monitoring approaches in enhancing transparency in the land use sector

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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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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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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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The 2010 biodiversity target makes efforts on synergy and harmonization among biodiversity related agreements important and urgent. Since different MEAs often relate to common issues, UNEP is developing issue-based modules on four crosscutting issues: Inland Water, Sustainable Use, Invasive Alie ...

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How Bangladesh is confronting climate change head on

David Hulme from The University of Manchester has co-authored a new book, which demonstrates how Bangladeshis are confronting climate change head on by playing key roles in international agreements and dealing with the environmental damage caused by cyclones and floods.

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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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Hasten efforts to put Paris accord into action

The recent COP 23 United Nations climate change talks exposed a serious divide among parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement over the rules of implementation of the accord to combat global warming.

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Guyana emerging as a ‘green State,’ President tells UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the President of Guyana highlighted that his country will continue to pursue a ‘green’ economy and will be a reliable and cooperative partner in international ...

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Governments meet to prepare for the entry into force of the Nagoya treaty on access and benefit-sharing for genetic resources

Montreal, 6 June 2011 – The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization began today in Montreal. Over 400 participants will discuss the way forward for the i ...

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Governments Meet to Finalize a Legal Instrument on Genetic Resources for Development

Montreal, 9 July 2010 – Governments meet in Montreal, starting this weekend, to settle the details of a new global legal agreement governing the terms for the provision and use of the genetic resources of the planet. The results of these negotiations, to be taken to the Nagoya Biodiversity Summ ...

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Governments Make Major Advances on Global Agreement on Planet’s Genetic Resources

Montreal, 16 July 2010 – Following seven days of intense and complex negotiations, and with the financial support of Japan, the world’s governments have made major breakthroughs on a text of a legally binding protocol on access to, and sharing of, the benefits from the use of the rich genetic re ...

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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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Global trade deal threatens Paris climate goals, leaked documents show

Controversial Trade in Services Agreement (Tisa) could make it harder for governments to favour clean energy over fossil fuels as part of efforts to keep temperature rises to 1.5C

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Global conservation summit sets the direction for post-2015 sustainability agenda

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 10 September 2016 (IUCN) – The IUCN World Conservation Congress closed today in Hawaiʻi, setting the global conservation agenda for the next four years and defining a roadmap for the implementation of the historic agreements adopted in 2015.

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Germany seeks to boost climate and development on G20 agenda

When the foreign ministers of the world's 20 key economies meet to tackle the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate, there has to be something serious going on.

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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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GEF establishes the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund

Washington, D.C., 3 June, 2011 – The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the world’s largest public financer of global environment issues, will operate a new landmark fund to help developing countries to ratify and implement a key international agreement to conserve and sustainably use biodiver ...

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G7 summit: Allies want Trump to endorse Paris Agreement

Leaders from the world’s major industrialised nations began talks on Friday at a G7 summit in Sicily, which is expected to expose deep divisions with US President Donald Trump over trade and climate change.

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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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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.

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