Latin America & the Caribbean

COP 20 Side Event Explores Role of Science in Climate Justice [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The ethics of loss and damage are complicated by the difficulties in linking damages from extreme weather events to changing emissions, according to an event at the Lima Climate Change Conference organized by the Met Office Hadley Centre, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the University of Reading. The event, 'Climate Change Science Update: The Challenges for Robust Decision Making,' also explored barriers to making climate projections; risk management in the face of uncertainty; and climate justice.

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JICA, Peru Highlight Cooperation on DRM at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop203 December 2014: The event 'Disaster Risk Management (DRM) for Climate Change Adaption in Peru' explored collaborative initiatives between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Peruvian government, highlighting the necessity of incorporating DRM into all sectors of Peru's planning processes. JICA and Peru's Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros (PCM) convened the side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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The Forests Dialogue, IUCN Discuss Advancing REDD+ Benefit Sharing [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: The event titled 'Linking Policy and Practice: Approaches to REDD+ Benefit Sharing' convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference, and discussed opportunities for and challenges to REDD+ benefit sharing and provided relevant lessons from stakeholders. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The Forests Dialogue (TFD), organizers of the event, presented the report 'TFD Review: Country Options for REDD+ Benefit-Sharing.'

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Guest Article #118: The Adaptation Fund's Success Story [viewed]

In just a few short years, the Adaptation Fund (AF) has built a focused, effective, and transparent climate adaptation financing instrument that directly aids the most vulnerable communities in developing countries.

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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World Bank Loan to Help Uruguay Mitigate Climate Shocks [viewed]

World Bank2 December 2014: The World Bank Group has approved a US$200 million loan to stabilize electricity costs and tariffs in the event of droughts in Uruguay, with the aim of avoiding financial pressures that might affect the government's ability to provide services to the poor. The loan will contribute to providing insurance coverage to support the Energy Stabilization Fund in mitigating climate shocks while helping to diversify the country's energy sector.

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CAN International Event Proposes INDC Equity Reference Framework [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: Participants addressed challenges related to the scope and operationalization of equity approaches for the assessment and review of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. Climate Action Network Canada (CAN-Rac) and Climate Action Network International (CAN International) organized the event, titled 'Equity and Differentiation in the Context of INDCs: The State of the Debate.'

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CIFOR Draws on Indonesia Example for SIS Guidance [viewed]

CIFORDecember 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The sixth in the series presents a case study from Indonesia to demonstrate a low-cost Safeguard Information System (SIS).

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UNIDO Publication Spotlights SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNIDODecember 2014: As a follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) ‘Making It' publication examines the potential of SIDS to pursue sustainable economic development by steadily increasing economic productivity.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Discussions on REDD+ Post-2015 Vision [viewed]

unredd2 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the December 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting planned discussions on the post-2015 vision for REDD+ and UN-REDD. High-level discussions will be held with UN agencies, national governments and indigenous peoples at the margins of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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