Latin America & the Caribbean

UN Climate Summit Catalyzes Action [viewed]

climate-summit-iisdrs23 September 2014: Climate Summit 2014 has concluded with countries committing to domestic action on climate change and pledging a total of US$2.3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA24 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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Mexico, Singapore Accept Doha Amendment [viewed]

mexico-singapur23 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat reported that Mexico and Singapore have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 15.

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UN-REDD Evaluates REDD+ Benefits in Panama [viewed]

unredd23 September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) conducted an assessment on 'The Potential Economic Values of the Multiple Benefits from REDD+ in Panama.' The assessment considers the value of non-timber forest products (NTFP), the preservation of genetic resources, recreational benefits, hydrological ecosystem services, erosion control, pollination and climate regulation.

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UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact23 September 2014: The 2014 UN Private Sector Forum, held as part of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, brought together approximately 400 global business, government and civil society leaders. During the event, a list of 31 ‘Carbon Pricing Champions' was announced and 11 ‘Corporate Commitments to Climate and Energy' were presented.

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New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030 [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2014: The 'New York Declaration on Forests', as announced at the Climate Summit 2014, pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, halt the loss of natural forests by 2030, and restore 350 million hectares of degraded areas. Twenty-seven developed and developing countries, 34 companies, 16 indigenous peoples' organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have endorsed the Declaration.

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ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP.

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Guest Article #111: High-Efficiency Appliances for a Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

Living standards and populations are growing across the globe, and the new, increasingly urbanized, middle classes are looking to the creature comforts that have long been taken for granted by others. This process is a welcome indicator that many nations are moving into or toward the middle-income zone and bringing a higher quality of life for their citizens.

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High-Level Event Focuses on Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

Yumkella22 September 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) high-level event, titled ‘Implementing Sustainable Energy for All,' featured high-level multi-stakeholder panels on financing SE4ALL, investing in energy efficiency, accelerating innovation in renewable energy, and scaling up at the country level.

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UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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