Latin America & the Caribbean

Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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UNFCCC Momentum for Change Releases 2013 Lighthouse Activities Report [viewed]

UNFCCCJune 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released its 2013 report on the 'Lighthouse Activities' selected by its Momentum for Change initiative to showcase game-changing climate change actions. The 17 activities selected are making progress in three focus areas: Urban Poor; Women for Results; and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.

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IDB Analyzes Economics of Climate Change in Trinidad and Tobago [viewed]

IDBJune 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has issued an economics of climate change adaptation study for Trinidad and Tobago that can be applied to the broader Caribbean region, along with the information regarding how to implement such a study.

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UNCCD Announces 35 Dryland Champions [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the Dryland Champions 2014. UNCCD selected the 35 Champions from Brazil, Eritrea, Peru and Portugal in recognition of their efforts on sustainable land management (SLM) practices and dedication to drylands.

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IDB Finances Solar Power in Chile, Geothermal in Mexico [viewed]

IDB4 June 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently announced support for solar power in Chile and geothermal power in Mexico.

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IDB Proposes Climate Change Risk Assessment Methodology for Caribbean Projects [viewed]

IDBApril 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Environmental Safeguards Unit (ESG) has released a technical note proposing a step-wise approach to assessing climate change risks to IDB projects in the Caribbean and identifying tools and methodologies that can be used by anyone assessing climate change risks specific to the region.

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On Its 50th Anniversary, G-77 Discusses A New World Order for Living Well [viewed]

G77logo15 June 2014: The Group of 77 (G-77) marked its 50th anniversary with a two-day summit on the theme, ‘A New World Order for Living Well.' The G-77 issued a 242-paragraph statement at the close of the summit, titled ‘Declaration of Santa Cruz: For a New World Order for Living Well,' which addresses development in the national context, South-South cooperation, global challenges and particular needs of developing countries in special situations.

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UN-REDD Reflects on Five Years of Support for REDD+ [viewed]

undp-fao-unepJune 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD), after five years of support for REDD+ readiness, has reviewed the evolution of the REDD+ landscape. The review focuses, in particular, on the five thematic areas of UN-REDD: measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), governance, stakeholder engagement, safeguards and multiple benefits, and the green economy.

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