Latin America & the Caribbean

UN Secretary-General Addresses Meeting of Ibero-American Ministers of Foreign Affairs [viewed]

22 September 2011: In his statement delivered at the lunch meeting of Iberoamerican Foreign Ministers in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that advancing economic growth, lifting people out of poverty and protecting the environment are interlinked, "one and the same cause." 

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ACP MEAs Project Newsletter Features Caribbean Policy Responses in Small Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

20 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM Secretariat, on policy responses for sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

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Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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Housing and Urban Development Ministers Focus on Climate Change and Natural Disasters [viewed]

19 September 2011: The 20th General Assembly of Ministers of Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI) focused on the challenges posed by climate change and natural disasters to housing, cities and urban development in the region.

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IDB Finances Public Transport Infrastructure in Colombian Cities [viewed]

IDB15 September 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved US$320 million in loans to Colombia for the development of public transport system in four cities, focusing on improving public transport and shortening circulation times of public vehicles, thus cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, expected to benefit 800,000 passengers daily.

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CCCCC News Update Focuses on Prospects for Durban, UNCSD Preparations [viewed]

CCCCC19 September 2011: The 15th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) News Update features articles on the call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for climate negotiators to redouble their efforts, the small island developing States (SIDS) inter-regional preparatory meeting on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the 20th Small Island States leaders' meeting, and Caribbean regional news.

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IICA, SEGIB and LATN to Cooperate on Food Security, Climate Change and Trade [viewed]

14 September 2011: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Iberoamerican General Secretariat (SEGIB) and the Latin American Trade Network (LATN) have agreed to cooperate to analyze the relationship among food security, climate change impacts and trade in the countries of Central America and the Andean Region.

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UNEP, Mexico to Cooperate on Green Economy and Low-carbon Development [viewed]

12 September 2011: Mexico's Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, and the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, have signed a cooperation agreement on green economy and sustainable low-carbon development. The agreement was signed against the backdrop of the Ministerial Meeting on Short Lived Climate Forcers hosted by Mexico.

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OLADE Supports Belize, Guyana and Suriname in Creating Energy Information Systems [viewed]

9 September 2011: In recent months, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) has assisted the Governments of Belize, Guyana and Suriname in automating the collection, processing and dissemination of key energy indicators, and in preparing their national energy balances and national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories for 2010.

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Event: Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Latin American Cities [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will host the Second Workshop on "Adaptation to Climate Change: Characteristics and Impacts on Latin American Cities".  

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