Latin America & the Caribbean

FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Sustainable Energy1 September 2015: During August 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched publications and reported on events.

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World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement [viewed]

siwi_www28 August 2015: At the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, world leaders called on climate negotiators to ensure that water issues are paid due attention in the global climate agreement to be concluded in December 2015 in Paris, France.

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ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects [viewed]

IttoAugust 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter, titled 'Tropical Forest Update,' which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects.

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21 [viewed]

germany-brazil20 August 2015: Brazil and Germany have expressed determination to work towards a successful 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. In a joint statement issued during Brazilian-German intergovernmental consultations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the two countries would aim for “a fair, ambitious, long-term, comprehensive and legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC.”

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Dominican Republic Submits INDC [viewed]

dominican republic flag18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Dominican Republic is the 57th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces a conditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 25% below 2010 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of the country's vision for 2030, as supported by its 2030 National Development Strategy (NDS).

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Event: Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will provide a platform for participants to discuss regional options and the enabling policy conditions that would be required to move towards carbon neutral economies in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, as well as associated challenges. The Forum aims to facilitate discussions, knowledge exchange and experience sharing on: policies and measures; tools and methodologies; and technologies and financial mechanisms, necessary for putting forward and implementing ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the global effort of keeping global temperatures below 2 degrees C. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).  

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Event: 11th Annual High Level Forum: Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association's (CWWA's) 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition, the 11th High Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda will discuss and seek collaboration on water and climate matters to help shape the sustainable development agenda of the Caribbean. Co-organized by the CWWA and the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Forum seeks to produce concrete outcomes and harmonized recommendations to guide national and regional efforts in operationalizing water, wastewater, and climate goals and targets for sustainable development. Some outcomes of the Forum should also feed into the contribution of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December. The Forum is expected to bring together Caribbean Ministers in charge of water resources and management from more than ten countries, and representatives from regional and international organizations.  

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August Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC18 August 2015: Since the month of May, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Liberia, Maldives, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Viet Nam have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 41.

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