Latin America & the Caribbean

18th RRI Dialogue Focuses on Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance [viewed]

RRI-logo29 October 2015: Focusing on the theme 'Status of Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance on the Eve of the Paris Agreement,' the Rights and Resources Initiative's (RRI) 18th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change explored the implications of key 2015 developments in climate change policy and financing for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. It highlighted that the challenge is how to ensure strong links between climate financing mechanisms and efforts to secure rights to lands, territories and resources.

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Macroeconomic Issues [viewed]

unga7028 October 2015: UN Member States addressed how international trade, the international financial system, external debt sustainability and commodities can contribute to development during a discussion of macroeconomic policy questions. Delegates also addressed the follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development.

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OECD Publishes 2015 Indicators Report 'Environment at a Glance' [viewed]

OECD_NEW26 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 'Environment at a Glance 2015,' which updates environmental, socio-economic and sectoral indicators for OECD countries. The publication, which provides an overview of OECD country progress on major environmental issues, is intended to inform policy development and evaluation.

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UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Awards Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2015: The Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity awards, which honor innovative, scalable and replicable climate actions from around the world, have been announced. The 16 selected initiatives come from around the world and a variety of sectors, highlighting inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities. The announcement of the 2015 Lighthouse Activities comes as Parties to the UNFCCC prepare to adopt a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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IISD, Nordic Ministers Project GHG Reductions from Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reform [viewed]

norden_publication22 October 2015: A new report looking at potential impacts of fossil fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) in 20 countries estimates that reform could bring an average reduction in national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 10.92% by 2020, and an annual average savings of US$92.83 per tonne of GHG emissions removed. The emission cuts could increase, the report finds, to 18.15% if 30% of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy cuts are reinvested into energy efficiency and renewables from 2016-2025.

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GEF Council Reappoints CEO Naoko Ishii for Second Term [viewed]

naoko_ishii23 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program amounting to US$254.99 million. The work program comprises 17 project concepts and two programmatic approaches, focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In addition, GEF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson Naoko Ishii was appointed for a second four-year term.

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LAC Regional Workshop Discusses Sustainable Transport and Climate Mitigation [viewed]

leds_slocat20 October 2015: A webcast regional workshop, sponsored by the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and several other partners, discussed prospects in Latin America for sustainable transport actions to mitigate climate change. The workshop was held on 13 October 2015, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and was webcast to 75 participants in 15 Latin American countries by Finanzas Carbono.

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UNDP Highlights Value of Simultaneously Addressing Climate Change, Poverty [viewed]

empowering_the_poor17 October 2015: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), co-sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), on ‘Empowering the Poor in Changing Climate,' addresses the positive link between poverty reduction and climate change adaptation. With case studies from around the world, the report looks at how countries are using GEF resources to reduce the vulnerability of poor communities that have higher exposure to climate risk.

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2015 on Path for Hottest Year [viewed]

WMO23 October 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that 2015 will most likely be the hottest year on record. According to the Global Climate Report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the world just experienced the hottest January-September on record, as well as the hottest September on record. WMO's provisional Statement on the Status of Global Climate for 2015 will be released in November 2015 in advance of and to inform discussions at the Paris Climate Change Conference. WMO will also release a summary of the global climate from 2011-2015.

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GEF Council Approves Regional Programme to Protect Amazon [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a “first-of-its-kind” multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80% of the Amazon and combat climate change. GEF says it will commit US$113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional programme covering Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which is expected to leverage US$682 million in additional financing over five years.

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