Latin America & the Caribbean

ECPA Workshop Examines Renewable Energy's Changing Outlook [viewed]

ECPA logo27 October 2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Clearinghouse organized a workshop examining 'Policies for the Promotion of a Sustainable Energy Sector' for participants from several South American countries, multilateral institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs). The workshop considered drivers behind increased efficiency and lower costs of wind and solar power and considered the infrastructure needed for bringing more renewables onto the grid.

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UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting [viewed]

enlighten11 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative has convened the Global Efficient Lighting Forum, which focused on accelerating the global phase-in of energy-efficient lighting products. The forum brought together representatives from electrical utilities, lighting manufacturers, development banks, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to mitigate climate change by transitioning to energy-efficient lighting, and to discuss the best ways to accelerate such a transition.

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G-77/China, African Group Submit Views on Adaptation Fund Review [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from Bolivia, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China), and Sudan, on behalf of the African Group, containing their views on the second review of the Adaptation Fund, in advance of the 41st session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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Social PreCOP Collects Messages from Civil Society Participants [viewed]

precopsocial9 November 2014: The social preparatory meeting to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC - or Social PreCOP - comprised a two-day gathering of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social movements, a social and ministerial dialogue, and a ministerial segment. The Social PreCOP was held under the theme ‘Changing the System Not the Climate' and hosted by Government of Venezuela.

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UNFCCC Publishes Country Views on REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC6 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has compiled submissions received from developing country Parties on their views regarding information systems to track the implementation of safeguards for REDD+ (Decision 1/CP.16, Appendix I). The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) asked parties to comment on their experiences, lessons learned and challenges in developing such systems.

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World Bank Highlights Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster Risk [viewed]

world-bank-group6 November 2014: The Government of the Philippines and the World Bank Group (WBG) hosted the first regional conference on 'Strengthening Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster and Climate Risk in Asia and the Pacific,' which aimed to capture lessons on how countries could better respond to natural disasters through social protection systems.

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Governments Conclude Initial Exchange of Views on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga6910 November 2014: UN Member States convened for the second informal meeting of the plenary on the organization and modalities of intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The co-facilitators – David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya – expect to issue a “starting document” by the week of 17 November, covering the process, road map, and scope of work for intergovernmental negotiations.

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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UN-REDD Policy Board Welcomes US$11.6 Million in Funding [viewed]

unredd7 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) convened the thirteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which approved US$11.6 million in funding of which US$11 million was contributed by Norway.

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