Latin America & the Caribbean

Fourth UN LDC Conference Adopts Istanbul Programme of Action [viewed]

13 May 2011: Over 7,000 participants, including Heads of State and government, international organizations' representatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) from 9-13 May 2011. The Conference aimed to assess the results of the 10-year Brussels Action Plan for the LDCs, which was adopted in 2001, and to agree on new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of LDCs into the next decade.

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CIFOR Releases Publications on REDD+ [viewed]

May 2011: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a number of publications relevant to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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OAS Holds Workshop on Infrastructure Institutions for Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

6 May 2011: A workshop co-organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) discussed the needs and challenges facing quality infrastructure institutions, such as standardization, certification, accreditation, metrology and evaluation of compliance, in Latin America and the Caribbean, related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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FAO Releases Report on Mega-Fires and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2011: At the International Wildland Fire Conference in Sun City, South Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a preliminary report titled “Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires.” The report suggests that changing climate may be exacerbating the growing number of mega-fires and resulting in a positive feedback loop.

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Caribbean Community's Climate Update Focuses on Green Climate Fund [viewed]

5 May 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has published the seventh issue of its Weekly News Update on Climate Change, featuring international and regional news on climate change-related issues.

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OAS Celebrates International Year of Forests [viewed]

May 2011: The Organization of American States (OAS) has released a summary of its activities in celebration of the International Year of Forests.

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ECLAC Releases Report on EU/LAC Cooperation [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report on cooperation between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries, which highlights recent support by the EU to clean energy in the Americas.

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ICAO Holds First Regional Workshop on Action Plans for Reducing Aviation Emissions [viewed]

4 May 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held its first regional workshop on action plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from aviation, in Mexico City, Mexico, from 2-4 May 2011.

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BRICS Leaders Adopt Sanya Declaration [viewed]

14 April 2011: The Third BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) Leaders' meeting was held in Sanya, China, on 14 April 2011, under the theme "Broad Vision, Shared Prosperity.” Participants discussed growth and development, and energy and climate change, among other issues.

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UNDP/GEF Publish Review of Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Transboundary Waters [viewed]

April 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a global review of legal and institutional frameworks for 28 transboundary surface water, groundwater and marine water systems covering the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The report also considers climate change adaptation knowledge in the various water basins analyzed.

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