Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organized by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January-1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  

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Event: ECLAC Roundtable on "Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change for the Economic and Social Development of Latin America" [viewed]

 

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PIFS Releases Pacific Plan 2011 Annual Progress Report [viewed]

21 December 2011: The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has released the 2011 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report and Reporting Annex. The report, available in English and French, provides an update of work undertaken over the last 12 months to implement the Pacific Plan, and highlights work underway by Forum members including on climate change, trade integration, fisheries and better coordination of aid. 

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Germany Commits Funding to FCPF [viewed]

World Bank16 December 2011: The World Bank has reported that the Government of Germany has added €30 million, for a total of €84 million, to its financial commitments to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF).

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GEF-LDCF Reports on Support for Climate Resilience and Food Security in Haiti [viewed]

GEFDecember 2011: Following the Haiti earthquake of 2010, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the Least Developed Fund (LDCF), developed a project on “Strengthening Climate Resilience and Reducing Disaster Risk in Agriculture to Improve Food Security in Haiti post-Earthquake.”

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Cartagena Dialogue Participants Support GCF Draft Governing Instrument [viewed]

14 November 2011: A two-day meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue, which brought together high-level representatives from nearly 30 countries, was held in Santiago, Chile. The meeting focused on finding a constructive way forward in the UNFCCC Climate Change negotiations and provided an opportunity for the most ambitious and progressive countries to discuss how to make the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC as successful as possible.

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GEF-SCCF Project Increases Resilience to Drought and Climate Change in Zimbabwe [viewed]

GEFDecember 2011: In Zimbabwe's rural District of Chiredzi, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment facility (GEF) has supported a project to enhance the capacity of farmers to adapt to climate variability and change through the adoption of gender-sensitive approaches.

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Increase Drought Resilience in Africa [viewed]

World Bank19 December 2011: The World Bank has released a policy paper titled "The Drought and Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Impacts and Proposed Policy Responses for Kenya," which highlights four broad policy changes that can be taken by Kenya to reduce its vulnerability to future droughts as climate change continues to reduce rainfall in the region.

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New Latin America and Caribbean Forum Adopts Declaration of Caracas and Action Plan [viewed]

6 December 2011: The founding Summit of Heads of State and Government from 33 Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) countries has agreed that the newly formed Community of LAC States (CELAC) shall work together to take common positions and form regional strategies in a variety of policy areas, including energy.

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Caribbean Development Bank Finances State of Water Study in Caribbean Countries [viewed]

6 December 2011: The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank approved a US$275,000 loan to assist in financing an assessment of the state of the water sector in all Bank borrowing member countries (BMCs) except Haiti.

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