Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

The UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference will take place from 9-12 March 2015, in Mexico, and will address the theme "Combating desertification, land degradation and drought for poverty reduction and sustainable development – the contribution of science, technology, traditional knowledge and practices”. It will be held during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The Scientific Conference aims harness a wide range of scientific, local and traditional knowledge to achieve poverty reduction and sustainable development in areas susceptible to desertification, land degradation and drought. The Conference is being organized by the UNCCD Secretariat and the Scientific and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development (STK4SD) Consortium.  

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Guest Article #109: From Anticipation to Action - Can the Climate Technology Mechanism Offer a Solution for Sustainable Development? [viewed]

Bound by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Andes Mountains on the east and the Atacama Desert in the north, Chile is home to a wealth of biodiversity. The Chilean people depend upon the diverse natural resources created by this topography for their livelihoods. Yet as pressures on its ecosystems mount from both human activity and a changing climate, Chile recognized that it does not have the technological capacity to reliably monitor or forecast impacts on its biodiversity, which is essential to inform decision making on the sustainable use and protection of its ecosystems.

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UNFCCC Events Focus on Actions by Cities and Subnational Authorities [viewed]

UNFCCC10 June 2014: A Forum on Experiences and Best Practices of Cities and Subnational Authorities, as well as a Thematic Expert Meeting (TEM) on Urban Environment, convened under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The events discussed the implementation of sub-national and city-level action on mitigation and adaptation.

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GLOBE World Summit of Legislators Resolution Urges Climate Action [viewed]

world-summit9 June 2014: Participants at the Second World Summit of Legislators, organized by the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), agreed on a Legislators Resolution encouraging national governments and the UN to take seven main actions, with a focus on strengthening climate change mitigation. The Summit took place on 6-8 June 2014, in Mexico City, Mexico, hosted by the Mexican Congress.

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ECLAC Seminar Discusses Low-Carbon Urban Development in Latin America [viewed]

ECLAC21 May 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) held a seminar on low-carbon urban development in Latin America, with support from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ).

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Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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Brazil Voluntarily Submits Key Data on Emission Reductions in Forest Sector [viewed]

brazil-unfccc6 June 2014: Brazil submitted information and data on its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in the forest sector to the UNFCCC Secretariat, becoming the first developing country to voluntarily submit such data for assessment by technical experts. This information and data form the basis for Brazil's forest reference emission level (FREL) for the Amazon biome, where Brazil has been collecting forest data since 1988. 

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Newsletter Features Global Round-up of UN-REDD Activities [viewed]

FAO UNREDDJune 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the second edition of its 2014 newsletter, highlighting the release of the updated database on emissions from land use. The FAOSTAT database, developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), includes data on emissions from agriculture and forestry as well as other sectors affecting land use. 

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Ministers Discuss Durban Platform for Enhanced Action at Bonn Climate Change Conference [viewed]

climate-change-bonn-20146 June 2014: Ministers convened for the second day of the high-level ministerial on 6 June, as part of the June session of the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, to discuss the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. The dialogue provided an opportunity for ministers and other participants to discuss how to advance the implementation of actions with high mitigation potential and build the required confidence and momentum toward contributions under the Durban Platform.

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FAO Booklet Features 10 CSA Best Practices from Around the World [viewed]

FAO6 June 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a booklet showcasing ten best practices from its climate smart agriculture (CSA) approach to the crop, fishery, forestry and livestock sectors. The report, titled ‘FAO success stories on CSA,' stresses the urgency of tackling climate change and safeguarding food security to boost farmers' resilience and adaptation to climate change and illustrates how rural communities are already transitioning to farming practices that are better suited to a warming world.

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