Latin America & the Caribbean

FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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Event: 2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week [viewed]

The 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week, hosted by China, will take place in Beijing from 5-11 November, and will include several high-level and other meetings, convened under the theme 'Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership'. Key events taking place during the week are: the Concluding Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM), from 5-6 November; the 26th APEC Ministerial Meeting (AMM), from 7-8 November; and the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM), from 10-11 November. Other events hosted during the week include: the APEC CEO Summit, from 8-10 November; APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders; and Leaders' spouse programs. The Leaders' Week will also mark the culmination of the 2014 APEC China Year. APEC's 21 member economies are: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, the US and Viet Nam.  

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Event: 2014 Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council [viewed]

The annual meeting of the World Energy Council (WEC) will be hosted in 2014 by the Colombian Member Committee (COCME) of the WEC. Focusing on the delivery of sustainable energy systems on different levels, the event will provide an opportunity for the WEC community and energy sector representatives to engage in a series of open and private discussions. The meeting will comprise a series of related events, including: the World Energy Leaders', the Future Energy Leaders' and Energy Trilemma Summits, held on 22 and 23 October; the Latin America Ministerial Meeting, on 24 October; and the WEC's major governance meetings, culminating in the full WEC Executive Assembly Plenary, on 20-22 October, which will set the strategic direction for the organization.  

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ECOSOC Reflects on SIDS Conference, Post-2015, Climate Processes [viewed]

ECOSOC1 October 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held an informal stock-taking meeting on the outcome of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The conference took place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014, and the stock-taking meeting allowed UN Member States to reflect on the Conference outcome document, the 'SAMOA Pathway,' as well as the way forward.

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Policy Update #16: UN Climate Summit Resets Course for High-Level Climate Debate [viewed]

“dear matafele peinam… they're marching for you, baby they're marching for us because we deserve to do more than just survive we deserve to thrive.” (Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist speaking at the opening of the 2014 Climate Summit)

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World Habitat Day Raises Awareness on Slum Voices [viewed]

UN-HABITAT6 October 2014: The world marked World Habitat Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Voices from the Slums,' on 6 October 2014. The theme aimed to highlight the voices of the urban poor, and raise awareness on the hardships of slum living and ways to improve slum living conditions.

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Second Committee Begins Debate on Priorities for "Pivotal" Year [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its substantive work, on 7 October 2014, with a statement from Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, a keynote address from Janet Gornick, and the start of the Committee's general debate. The debate continues on 8-9 October.

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COP 20 President Hosts Second Twitter Dialogue [viewed]

manupulgarvidal3 October 2014: The Minister of Environment of Peru, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, who is also the President-designate of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, responded to questions on COP 20 during a 30-minute Twitter conversation. The conversation, which took place in Spanish under the hashtag #HablaCOP20, was organized on 3 October, two months ahead of the Lima Climate Conference.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Touts Climate Summit Commitments [viewed]

unreddOctober 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the October 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights the New York Declaration on Forests and commitments made during Climate Summit 2014.

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September 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

climatefinanceoctSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in various countries, including Albania, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Peru and Republic of Congo.

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