Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Funds Geothermal Expansion in Nicaragua [viewed]

2 August 2010: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will fund the expansion of geothermal power generation capacity in Nicaragua with a US$40 million loan to the company Polaris Energy Nicaragua S.A.

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World Bank President Visits Mexico, Signs Green Loans [viewed]

22 July 2010: World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick visited Mexico to sign two recently-approved ‘green loans' worth US$800 million and announce new Mexican participation in the Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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International Potato Center Researches Use of Sweetpotato as Livestock Feed [viewed]

July 2010: The June issue of the newsletter for the International Potato Center (CIP), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), highlights ongoing research into the use of sweetpotato vines as a livestock feed supplement to increase productivity and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNDP Supports Strategic Investment to Address Climate Change in LDCs [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2010: In order to strengthen support to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in their work on climate change in the lead up to the negotiations in Cancun and beyond, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has committed US$5.6 million toward a programme on "Strategic Investment in Addressing Climate Change in LDCs."

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Brazil-EU Summit Addresses Sustainable Development and Bioenergy [viewed]

14 July 2010: The fourth Brazil-EU Summit was held in Brasília, Brazil, on 14 July 2010, and attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The resulting joint statement contains a section titled “Sustainable development, climate change, energy and biodiversity.”

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US Climate Change Envoy to Travel through Latin America [viewed]

9 July 2010: The US State Department has announced that US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern will travel to Latin America, together with Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela, from 10-15 July 2010, to discuss several climate change issues.

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CARICOM Summit Discusses Position Ahead of Cancun [viewed]

7 July 2010: The 31st Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 4-7 July 2010, to discuss, among other things, climate change issues.

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Japan and Mexico Discuss International Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

5 July 2010: Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Katsuya Okada met with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Patricia Espinosa Cantellano on 5 July 2010, to discuss, among other things, international climate change negotiations.

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ECLAC Releases Report on Achieving the MDGs with Equality [viewed]

1 July 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a report titled "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with equality in Latin America and the Caribbean. Progress and challenges." 

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PROFOR's June Newsletter Highlights REDD-related Activities [viewed]

June 2010: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) of the World Bank has released its latest newsletter, highlighting PROFOR's recent activities relating to forests and climate change.

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