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Decision IX/27

Cooperation among multilateral environmental agreements and other organizations

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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.


Conférence de presse et pique-nique

11 September 2010, Montreal, Canada

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Compliance with ABS requirements: Wishful thinking or reality? Experiences from the Hoodia Case

Benefit-sharing agreements have been signed between the San, indigenous peoples of southern Africa and holders of traditional knowledge of the plant Hoodia, and different commercial users. A national law on ABS is also now in place in South Africa. Nonetheless many products are on the market tha ...

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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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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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Climate projections show a warmer future for the Pacific northwest

In the midst of an unseasonably warm winter in the Pacific Northwest, a comparison of four publicly available climate projections has shown broad agreement that the region will become considerably warmer in the next century if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rise to the highest l ...

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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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Climate change and sustainable development: only one agenda

With 2016 devoted largely to the getting the Paris Agreement ratified and entering into force, attention is now turning to its implementation, alongside the 17 SDGs.

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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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Climate Change One Step At a Time

Despite the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance set to start in the year 2020, makes it seem as tho ...

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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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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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Chasing a Climate Deal in Paris

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

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Challenges for the basic, applied and commercial reserach community in a post-Nagoya world

Non-commercial research focused on improving our understanding of natural systems, is crucially important to underpin the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity. This is especially true for the, as yet, largely unexplored marine environment. In relation to Article 8a of the Nagoya Protoc ...

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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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Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety takes effect

Montreal, September 9, 2003 – The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the first legally binding international agreement governing the transboundary movement of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology enters into force on Thursday, 11 September 2003.

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Carlo Petrini in China to pave the way for the next Slow Food International Congress

At a moment in time in which the Paris Agreement on climate change is seriously in question—following United States President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his country from the accord—the fight against global warming is becoming increasingly urgent and deserves special attention.

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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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Caribbean Stakes Future on Climate-Smart Agriculture

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 16 2017 (IPS) - As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to build on the momentum of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech in 2016, spec ...

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Caribbean Makes Strides With Marine Protected Areas

THE CARIBBEAN has, in recent months, made progress on the protection of marine areas vital to the sustainability of the region's tourism product.They include a new sister sanctuary agreement signed between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Government of the Netherlands ...

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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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Caribbean Gearing Up for Marine Resources Treaty

BELMOPAN, Belize (IDN) – The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been fine-tuning their positions ahead of the next United Nations preparatory meeting to establish an international legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources.

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Canada, U.S. and Mexico sign deal to protect migratory bats

Canada has signed an agreement with the United States and Mexico to protect migratory bats.

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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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Can business save the world from climate change?

"We are still in." On June 5, with these four words a group of U.S. businesses and investors with a combined annual revenue of $1.4 trillion sent a powerful message to the world: U.S. President Donald Trump may have withdrawn from the Paris agreement on climate change four days earlier, but corp ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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The Nagoya Protocol reaffirms the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities over their biological resources and associated traditional knowledge. The panel will provide guidance on implementing the Protocol from several case studies: (a) ABS agreements between plant breeders and farmers ...

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CITES Conference Marks Major Breakthrough in Battle Against Endangered Rosewood Trade

New controls on rosewood and an agreement by CITES parties on legal acquisition findings could fill the gap that allows illegal trade of endangered timber species to flourish.

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CBD Secretariat and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany Sign Memorandum of Understanding on “Biodiversity and Poverty Alleviation”

Montreal – 2 January 2008. An Agreement in the amount of € 1.000.000,00 EURO to support the project “Linking implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Poverty Alleviation” was signed between the Executive Secretary of the Convention and on HEM Thomas Matussek, the Ambassado ...

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CBD Secretariat and IUCN sign supplementary agreement for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 regarding invasive species

Montreal, 8 November 2011 –At the margins of the fifteenth meeting of Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice, the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Global Director, Biodiversity Conservation Group, of the Inte ...

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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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Brazil ratifies Paris agreement with pledge to sharply reduce emissions

The Brazilian government has ratified its participation in the Paris agreement on climate change, a significant step by Latin America’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases that could spur other countries to follow suit.

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Brainstorming session on South-South cooperation and the Convention on Biological Diversity: Working together to protect life on Earth

Montreal – 6 November 2006 – Under the leadership of South Africa, the group of 131 developing countries, known as the Group of 77 and China, is launching the first initiative in the history of multilateral environmental agreements aimed at preparing a multi-year plan of action on South-South co ...

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Bonn climate change talks: What the debate about Loss and Damage is about (and why it is so heated)

While 196 countries attempt to negotiate a road map to implementing the Paris Agreement on limiting climate change at the Bonn climate summit, some of the effects of the accumulated greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere are already playing out in various parts of the world.

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Biosafety Protocol Conference ends without agreement on shipping documentation rules for genetically modified commodities

Montreal, 3 June 2005. The 118 countries and the European Community, who are members to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, have ended their second meeting without agreement on the shipping documentation requirements for bulk shipments of living modified organisms (LMOs), (also known as geneti ...

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