Latin America & the Caribbean

UN-REDD Evaluates REDD+ Benefits in Panama [viewed]

unredd23 September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) conducted an assessment on 'The Potential Economic Values of the Multiple Benefits from REDD+ in Panama.' The assessment considers the value of non-timber forest products (NTFP), the preservation of genetic resources, recreational benefits, hydrological ecosystem services, erosion control, pollination and climate regulation.

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UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact23 September 2014: The 2014 UN Private Sector Forum, held as part of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, brought together approximately 400 global business, government and civil society leaders. During the event, a list of 31 ‘Carbon Pricing Champions' was announced and 11 ‘Corporate Commitments to Climate and Energy' were presented.

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New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030 [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2014: The 'New York Declaration on Forests', as announced at the Climate Summit 2014, pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, halt the loss of natural forests by 2030, and restore 350 million hectares of degraded areas. Twenty-seven developed and developing countries, 34 companies, 16 indigenous peoples' organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have endorsed the Declaration.

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ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP.

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Guest Article #111: High-Efficiency Appliances for a Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

Living standards and populations are growing across the globe, and the new, increasingly urbanized, middle classes are looking to the creature comforts that have long been taken for granted by others. This process is a welcome indicator that many nations are moving into or toward the middle-income zone and bringing a higher quality of life for their citizens.

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High-Level Event Focuses on Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

Yumkella22 September 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) high-level event, titled ‘Implementing Sustainable Energy for All,' featured high-level multi-stakeholder panels on financing SE4ALL, investing in energy efficiency, accelerating innovation in renewable energy, and scaling up at the country level.

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UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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Climate Week NYC Opens with Focus on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

climate-week-nyc22 September 2014: Convened by the Climate Week NYC organizer The Climate Group, jointly with CDP, the opening day of the major, week-long event in New York, US, attracted the participation of global leaders from policy and business, and heard announcements of new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments from business and subnational governments. The event also marked the launch of a renewable energy campaign, a pro-mitigation business coalition, and a report on innovative climate and energy policies.

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Major Economies Forum Convenes Foreign Ministers [viewed]

MEF21 September 2014: The 20th Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the side lines of the 2014 Climate Summit in New York, US, and marked the Forum's first-ever foreign minister's meeting. The meeting was hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, together with Foreign Minister of Peru Gonzalo Gutierrez and Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius.

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WHO Assesses Climate Change Risks to Health [viewed]

WHO22 September 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report, titled ‘Quantitative risk assessment of the effects of climate change on selected causes of death, 2030s and 2050s,' which focuses on future climate change risks to health.

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