Latin America & the Caribbean

Brazil, Panama Ratify Paris Agreement [viewed]

brazil_panama12 September 2016: Brazil and Panama both completed their domestic processes for ratification of the Paris Agreement on 12 September. These latest ratifications bring the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 29.

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UNDP Recommends Focus on Multidimensional Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Caribbean [viewed]

UNDP12 September 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its Human Development Report (HDR) for the Caribbean, recommending that countries adopt a new generation of public policies to increase economic, social and environmental gains, boost climate and finance resilience and protect people, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report finds that the high debt of Caribbean countries' and their middle-income country (MIC) status hinders their ability to access finance for sustainable development, which limits the region's potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UN Highlights Rising South-South FDI Flows, Partnership Incubator [viewed]

un_ilo12 September 2016: Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows among countries of the global South is on the rise, despite the ongoing volatility of global financial markets, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. Ban also highlighted the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator, a project facility launched by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Office of the Secretary-General, which aims to support cooperation for climate action by developing countries.

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SDG Fund, UNITAR Conference Highlights Models of Business-UN Cooperation [viewed]

sdgf_unitar8 September 2016: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) held a conference on ways for business and the UN to work together to attain the SDGs. Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji and President-elect of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) said business contributions “can go well beyond philanthropy" and that the SDGs "can be turned into corporate strategies that work to everyone's advantage.”

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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Global Green Growth Week 2016 Highlights Inclusive Growth, Financing, Renewables [viewed]

page_ggg_ggplatform9 September 2016: More than 1,200 participants gathered for the 2016 Global Green Growth Week (GGGWeek2016) to discuss the challenges of promoting growth that is socially inclusive, assessing renewable energy infrastructure projects, and channeling finance towards green growth objectives. Organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Week included the fourth annual conference of the Global Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and the Global Green Growth Summit.

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Mitigation Update: Pricing Emissions in Focus, Climate Pledges Go Personal [viewed]

ieta_eea_adb_icao_imo_vatican9 September 2016: Over the last couple of weeks, a number of events, initiatives and publications have highlighted the role of market mechanisms in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other pollutants. In addition, both Pope Francis and the UNFCCC Secretariat are encouraging climate action on an individual level.

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G20 Green Finance Study Group Presents Findings [viewed]

g20-20165 September 2016: Green finance has garnered the attention of the Group of Twenty (G20), as the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) was established under the 2016 Chinese Presidency. The GFSG released its 'G20 Green Finance Synthesis Report' at the G20 Summit, and, for the first time, the Summit's annual communiqué references the importance of green finance.

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Event: Is the Paris Agreement Good News for the Ocean? [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Division of Environment and Ocean Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the National Geographic Society. It will seek to build on the momentum generated with the “Because the Ocean” initiative that took place during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which concluded with the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change. This workshop will bring together the ocean and climate communities, including representatives from governments, climate change negotiators, scientists and civil society, to identify challenges related to including the ocean in the UNFCCC agenda and to develop an action plan for addressing ocean-related issues through the climate action to take place under the Paris Agreement. The objectives of the workshop include creating a multidisciplinary core group to explore ways to address climate-ocean issues at the UNFCCC and building a strategy for COP22, including content for a possible second “Because the Ocean” declaration. This full-day workshop will also seek to develop a report for the Third Our Ocean Conference's session on Climate and Ocean. The Third Our Ocean Conference will convene in Washington, DC, from 15-16 September.  

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G20 Leaders Reaffirm Commitments to Climate, Sustainable Development, Clean Energy, Green Finance [viewed]

g20-20165 September 2016: As leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) gathered for their 11th Summit in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September, there was no shortage of pressure from non-state actors for the Group to place climate change and related issues prominently on the agenda. The outcomes from the Summit indicate that these issues were central to many of the discussions, but the final commitments did not go as far as some had hoped.

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