Latin America & the Caribbean

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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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits New Implementing Entities [viewed]

Adaptation Fund16 September 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) took a number of decisions at its 15th meeting, including a decision to increase the number of National Implementing Entities to six with the accreditation of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) of Belize as a National Implementing Entity (NIE) and the African Development Bank as a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE).

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UNEP Executive Director Calls for Action on Short-lived Climate Forcers [viewed]

13 September 2011: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has called for action to reduce short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), through regional air quality agreements or placing the issue on the agenda for Rio+20. 

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