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Head of media Beth HerzfeldIIED experts are available for interviews and background briefings on a wide range of environmental and development issues, from climate change and climate finance to China and development, the economics of development, urban issues and resilient cities, and the illegal wildlife trade. See a full list of our areas of work.

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Latest press releases

21 November 2020
In a statement on the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Saudi Arabia, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “G20 leaders need to agree an economic recovery plan that is green and provides the support that billions of people living in poverty around the world need."
5 October 2020
A complex set of international legal measures protecting the fossil fuel industry risks significantly increasing the cost of moving to green energy and tackling climate change, a new report released today reveals.
30 September 2020
In a statement on the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity, Andrew Norton, director of IIED, said: "This summit and the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature are clear signs that governments acknowledge the scale of the crisis facing the natural world and the urgent need for substantial action.
18 September 2020
Joint press release | On the eve of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly, a call for heads of state to act to halt and reverse nature loss this decade comes from far and wide. Businesses; environment, development and humanitarian organisations; faith groups; local and regional governments; Indigenous People; and youth are all calling for action to secure a sustainable future for people and planet.
8 September 2020
The urgent pressure of rising developing country debt, climate change and the destruction of biodiversity can be addressed together using a new form of debt swaps. This provides the opportunity for a green post-COVID-19 recovery that will help reduce poverty, a new report released today says
22 April 2020
Statement on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from IIED director Andrew Norton: “As COVID-19 dominates global attention and action it is critical governments remember that their urgent action is also needed to stop the twin emergencies of nature’s destruction and climate change.
2 April 2020
In response to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and COP26 president the UK government’s announcement that the 2020 UN climate summit is postponed, IIED director Andrew Norton said: “Given the disruption to the entire political process leading up to the climate summit, including the postponement of crucial preparatory meetings, this decision is not surprising, however disappointing. But it is vital that throughout this process the voices of the people in the most vulnerable countries can be heard, which without face-to-face meetings, is not possible.
3 March 2020
New research introducing a system to help protect biodiversity while also reducing poverty, is released by IIED today, marking World Wildlife Day (3 March)

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