Latin America & the Caribbean

WTO Members Launch Talks on Environmental Goods [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)8 July 2014: Thirteen States and the EU, which together account for 86% of global trade in environmental goods, have announced the launch of plurilateral negotiations for an Environmental Goods Agreement under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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FCPF Welcomes Belize, Sudan and Uruguay [viewed]

Forest Carbon10 July 22014: The seventeenth meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants Committee accepted Belize, Sudan and Uruguay into the Partnership. The Partnership now includes 47 countries.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Approves US$35 Million in Funding [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme9 July 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Policy Board of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) approved more than US$35 million in funding for REDD+ readiness. The funding included allocations for National Programmes in Argentina, Cote d'Ivoire and Mongolia.

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Event: Sixth BRICS Summit [viewed]

The sixth Summit of the BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will convene in Fortaleza and Brasília, Brazil, from 15-16 July, under the theme 'Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Solutions'. The Summit will discuss the establishment of the BRICS Development Bank, aimed at financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects, and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement for assisting countries of the bloc. Discussions will also be held on social inclusion and development. The Summit is expected to result in the signing of two primary financial agreements, an action plan for common social indicators methodologies, and the Fortaleza Declaration containing views of the group on matters on the international agenda and of cooperation within the BRICS. Preceding the Summit, meetings of the BRICS finance ministers, central bank governors and ministers of trade, the BRICS Business Forum and Business Council, and the BRICS Financal Forum will be held on 14 July in Fortaleza.  

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WMO Maps Mortality and Economic Loss from Extreme Events [viewed]

WMO11 July 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) of the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have jointly published the ‘Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012,' which describes the distribution and impacts of weather, climate and water-related disasters, and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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World Bank Issues First Catastrophe Bond [viewed]

worldbank-ccrif8 July 2014: The World Bank Group's International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has issued its first catastrophe ("cat") bond, which will benefit the 16 member States of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF). The bond, which is a three-year, US$30 million transaction under IBRD's Capital-at-Risk Notes Program, is linked to tropical cyclone and earthquake risk in CCRIF countries.

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FCPF Carbon Fund Selects Three Country Programmes [viewed]

worldbank-fcpfJuly 2014: The 'Chair's Summary' of the tenth meeting of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund (C10) has been released, with Duncan Marsh, C10 Chair, highlighting the selection of Chile and Viet Nam into the Carbon Fund pipeline. The Republic of the Congo, which also presented its Emission Reductions Program Idea Note (ER-PIN), was provisionally selected.

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Event: 19th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum [viewed]

Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will co-chair this meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. The MEF provides a platform for dialogue and political impetus bringing together the main greenhouse gas emitting countries. The 19th meeting will be co-hosted by the United States. Discussions will focus on issues related to the new global climate change agreement which is set to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) and 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) to be held in 2015 in Paris. The MEF meeting will be followed immediately by the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which will gather Ministers from about 35 countries, co-hosted by Germany and Peru, and will serve as a preparatory meeting for COP 20 and CMP 10, which are to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.  

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UN Secretary-General Meets with Business, Investors, Governments on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact2 July 2014: The 2014 UN Global Compact Board meeting, chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, focused on key priorities, including ongoing work to improve good governance, scale up corporate sustainability, and advance the private sector's role in the post-2015 development agenda. In his remarks to the Board, which held its biannual meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 2 July 2014, Ban said 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the Global Compact, which is "the first and only public-private initiative of the UN based on network governance.”

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GGKP Announces Green Growth Publications [viewed]

green-growth-plataform1 July 2014: The Green Growth Best Practices Initiative (GGBP) has published the first comprehensive global assessment of lessons and good practices in green growth planning, as highlighted in the Global Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Knowledge Update. The assessment report, titled 'Green Growth in Practice: Lessons from Country Experiences,' consists of evaluations of green growth programs around the world, and was written by 75 authors engaged by the GGBP initiative.

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