Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: Summit of the Tropical Forest Basins of the World [viewed]

The objective of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins is to achieve a plan for sustainable management of forest ecosystems and to contribute to climate regulation by: establishing baseline data on the forest resources of the three Basins; establishing a formal platform for mutual consultation and exchange on forest and environmental issues by signing a framework agreement between the Basins; and developing a shared position on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) and the climate change agreement before the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More than 35 nations are expected to participate. The meeting is also part of celebrations of the International Year of Forests (2011), and its discussions and outcomes will feed into preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).  

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Event: Second Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas [viewed]

This meeting, organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), will focus on: the acceptance and application of disaster risk reduction (DRR) in climate change adaptation; measurable increases in investments for DRR; cities, schools and hospitals resilient to disasters; a mid-term review of the Hyogo Framework for Action; and the regional message to be conveyed during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held 8-13 May 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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UNIDO and Statoil to Collaborate on Sustainable Energy Access [viewed]

11 February 2011:  The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has entered into an agreement with Statoil, an international energy company in oil and gas production, to collaborate in the promotion of access to sustainable energy in developing countries.

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CCCCC Assists Guyana with Automatic Weather Stations [viewed]

1 February 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is providing assistance to the Government of Guyana to establish a network of automatic weather stations.

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Event: Natural Resources Management, Food Security and Extension Strategies: Contributions to the Design of Policies for Climate Change Adaptation in Latin America [viewed]

This workshop aims to exchange experiences between projects in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, El Salvador and Honduras. It will include representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Participants will discuss: national policies for natural resource management that help to create strategies for climate change adaptation; links between natural resource management, risk and disaster management and adaptation; and synergies between different countries.  

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ASB, IISD Engage REDD+ Negotiators at Capacity Building Meeting [viewed]

4 February 2011: The ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) held a meeting of the REDD+ Development Dividend Task Force in Manila, Philippines, on 25-26 January 2011.

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ESCAP, ECLAC Release Preview of Guidelines on Sustainable Urban Infrastructure [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) have released a preview of guidelines titled “Are We Building Competitive and Liveable Cities?”

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Event: Fourth CGE Meeting [viewed]

The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) aims to improve the process of preparation of national communications from non-Annex I parties.  

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Event: GEF Caribbean Expanded Constituency Workshop [viewed]

The GEF Caribbean Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will bring together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. It will include participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts And Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.  

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NEFCO Carbon Finance and Funds Unit Releases Operational Review 2010 [viewed]

2 February 2011: The Carbon Finance and Funds Unit of the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) has released its Operational Review for 2010, which highlights new financing mechanisms.

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