Latin America & the Caribbean

European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers [viewed]

unredd-forestcarbon28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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Turks and Caicos Islands Joins Carbon War Room Ten Island Challenge [viewed]

tc-rm-cwr16 October 2014: The Turks and Caicos Islands has committed to working to increase renewable energy production and energy efficiency through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Carbon War Room and the Rocky Mountain Institute to join the ‘Ten Island Challenge' initiative, which supports Caribbean islands in moving away from fossil-fuel dependence by identifying technical and commercial solutions for facilitating low-carbon energy use.

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UN-REDD Releases Semi-Annual Progress Update [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme28 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released its 2014 Semi-annual Progress Report in preparation for its 13th Policy Board Meeting. The report highlights the completion of the external evaluation of UN-REDD, which covered the period 2008 to 2013.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Workshop Addresses Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia [viewed]

UN-HABITAT24 October 2014: UN-Habitat participated in a two-day, high-level event examining 'Environment Change and Urbanization in the South East Asia Region.' Commenting on how climate change will affect rapidly urbanizing areas in the region, Nguyen Quang, Director of UN-Habitat Viet Nam, noted that climate change has had "a direct effect on key urban infrastructure such as transportation, water supply and energy, and exacerbates urbanization problems."

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Implementation of LDC Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC23 October 2014: The UNFCCC has released the 'Synthesis report on the progress made in the implementation of the remaining elements of the least developed countries work programme' (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.17) for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at its 41st session taking place in December 2014 in Lima, Peru.

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UNFCCC Publishes Report on Operation of NAMA Registry [viewed]

UNFCCC23 October 2014: The UNFCCC has published the second annual report (FCCC/CP/2014/INF.1) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) on the operation of the registry of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), for consideration by the COP at its 20th session taking place in Lima, Peru in December 2014.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

G77logo26 September 2014: The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China reaffirmed the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for integrating the SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda, at the 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers. They also discussed poverty eradication, means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 agenda, South-South cooperation, climate change, trade, and terrorism and occupation, among other issues.

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