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United Nations: Treaty on Mercury to Come into Force

(June 7, 2017) On May 19, 2017, the United Nations announced that the Minamata Convention on Mercury will become effective on August 16, 2017.  The Convention has been signed by 128 countries and now ratified or acceded to by more than 50 states, including most recently Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, and Sweden.  […]

European Union: Ratification of Treaty of Paris on Climate Change

(Oct. 12, 2016) On October 4, 2016, the European Parliament (EP) ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change. The majority of the Members of the EP, 610, voted in favor of ratification, with 38 against and 31 abstentions.  (Aline Robert, MEPs Vote to Ratify Paris Agreement, EURACTIV (Oct. 4, 2016); The Paris Agreement, United Nations […]

United Nations: Ban on Trade in African Grey Parrots

(Oct. 4, 2016) The United Nations has effectively banned trade in the African grey parrot by placing it on a priority list of endangered species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The decision came after a two-week meeting on the Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Tanisha Heiberg, Global Trade in Wild African […]

Peru: Paris Accord on Climate Change Ratified

(Sept. 2, 2016) On July 21, 2016, Peru ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, adopted in Paris, France, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). (Ratifican el Acuerdo de París [Ratification of the Paris Agreement], EL PERUANO (July 25, 2016); Paris Agreement (Dec. 12, 2015), UNFCCC website.) On July 25, 2016, Peru deposited […]

International: Paris Agreement Parties to Consider Human Rights Issues

(May 20, 2016) The parties that signed the 2015 Framework Convention on Climate Change, popularly called the Paris Agreement, are meeting from May 16 to May 25, 2016, in Bonn, Germany, to consider the human rights implications of aspects of the climate change plan. (Adoption of the Paris Agreement, FCCC/CP/2015/L.9, United Nations website (Dec. 12, […]

ASEAN; Indonesia: Regional Haze Agreement Ratified

(Sept. 22, 2014) On September 16, 2014, Indonesia ratified the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (Haze Agreement), initially signed in 2002. It was the last of the ten signatory nations to ratify the pact; the other participants are Brunei Darussalam, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and […]