Latin America & the Caribbean

UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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Barbados, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Peru Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC28 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Barbados, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guyana, Kazakhstan and Peru have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 94.

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Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, The Gambia Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC28 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar and The Gambia have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 88.

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Five Environmental Leaders Receive Champions of the Earth Award [viewed]

champions_of_the_earth27 September 2015: Five environmental leaders received the UN's Champions of the Earth Award for their roles in policy leadership, science and innovation, entrepreneurial vision and inspiration and action. The award ceremony took place at the end of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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Private Sector Forum Commits to Support Achievement of SDGs [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact26 September 2015: The Private Sector Forum resulted in more than 35 corporate commitments to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through investments in low-carbon infrastructure and solutions to make clean energy affordable and accessible. Also at the Forum, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched ‘the SDG compass,' a tool for helping companies to maximize their contributions to the Global Goals.

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UNEP-Backed Seminar Focuses on Financial Institutions in the Green Economy [viewed]

financial_system_seminar21 September 2015: The 'International Seminar – the Financial System, the Green Economy and Climate Change' focused on issues relevant for financial institutions to manage their business and socio-environmental risks, and therefore channel more private capital to finance the green economy and the climate change agenda. The seminar was organized by the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inquiry: Design of a Sustainable Financial System and the Center for Studies in Sustainability of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (GVces).

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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OECD: Government Support to Fossil Fuels Hampers Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

OECD_NEW21 September 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015. According to the findings, governments of OECD countries and key emerging economies are spending US$160-200 billion annually to support the consumption and production of fossil fuels.

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ODI Provides Scorecard on SDGs, Recommends Early Action [viewed]

odi_development_progress21 September 2015: Without increased effort, none of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be met, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). However, if countries emulate the performance of the top-performing countries “there is much to be hopeful about," it says. The report recommends early action to raise national ambitions, plan implementation and strengthen the focus on equity.

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UNFCCC Reports on 3rd Dialogue on Education and Training [viewed]

UNFCCC21 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary report (FCCC/SBI/2015/15) of the 3rd Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention (education and training), held during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), from 2-3 June 2015. The Dialogue was attended by representatives of governments, and of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as by experts, practitioners and stakeholders. Participants shared experiences and exchanged ideas, best practices and lessons learned regarding climate change education and training, and related international cooperation.

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