Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Finances Energy Efficiency Efforts in Jamaica [viewed]

IDB17 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan for Jamaica to design and implement investment measures in energy efficiency in the public sector.

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APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience [viewed]

APEC Ministers Commit to Greening Growth and Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Disaster Resilience (photo courtesy of APEC)16 November 2011: The Asia-Pacific Economic Forum (APEC) has pledged to promote green growth and to increase public-private partnerships (PPPs) to improve disaster resilience in its member countries. The pledges were made at the APEC Ministerial Meetings held from 10-11 November 2011, in Honolulu, US.

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Event: 11th Meeting of the CODEGALAC Chapter for Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic [viewed]

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council created the Commission on Livestock Development for Latin America and the Caribbean (CODEGALAC) in 1986 to help governments in the region to develop sector-specific policies. In 2010, FAO's Regional Conference for LAC recommended that the CODEGALAC become the Commission on Sustainable Livestock Development and focus on sustainable development issues, including adaptation to climate change. This meeting of its chapter for Mexico, Central America, Cuba and the Dominican Republic will have as its theme "Policies of Differential Support for the Sustainable Support of the Livestock Sector." The Chapter's Technical Committee will meet 23-24 November, and its Executive Committee on 25 November.  

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Event: 19th Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council [viewed]

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the 19th Regular Session of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Council. The Council will examine project and issues in three thematic clusters: healthy communities and ecosystems; climate change – low-carbon economy; and greening the economy in North America. The Council will also examine implementation of its new initiative to increase engagement with stakeholders and the public, the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA). Every year the Council, composed of the cabinet-level environment ministers from Canada, Mexico and the US, meet to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for enhancing environmental cooperation in North America, and provide guidance to the CEC. The CEC is an intergovernmental organization established to implement the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC), the environmental side accord to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  

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Latin American Experts Discuss Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions [viewed]

Mountain Partnership3 November 2011: Experts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Participants discussed the impacts of climate change in Latin America's mountain zones, developed recommendations to meet the challenges and elaborated strategies to ensure that the issue of mountains is adequately addressed in international processes.

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UNFCCC Publishes Ecuador's Proposals under the Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC16 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/MISC.6/Add.1) comprising a submission from Ecuador on proposals for upcoming activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

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World Bank Signs Three New ERPAs for Biogas Projects in Mexico [viewed]

Banco Mundial8 November 2011: The World Bank signed three new emission reduction purchase agreements (ERPAs) with Bioenergía de Nuevo León, to buy 1 million carbon credits generated through a biogas plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

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Event: Thirteenth Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will convene in Crystal City, Virginia, US (just outside Washington, DC), from 17-18 November 2011. US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman will serve as chair. The meeting will take place at the level of leaders' representatives. Members of the Major Economies Forum include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the United States. In addition, representatives will attend from Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, and the United Nations. The session will provide an opportunity to exchange views in preparation for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

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IDB Funds Fuel Diversification and Renewables in Barbados [viewed]

IDB10 November 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$70 million loan to support energy diversification and power saving efforts in Barbados, expected to save 4.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2029.

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FCPF Releases 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

November 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), hosted at the World Bank, has released its annual report for the fiscal year 2011. The report highlights strengths and weaknesses of the Facility to date.

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