Latin America & the Caribbean

ICRAF, IFAD Consider Biofuel Development [viewed]

ifad icraf5 June 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reported on an event held to demonstrate the potential contribution of biofuels to sustainable development. In particular, ICRAF emphasized that if greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets are to be met, approximately 26% of transport will need to be powered by biofuels by 2050.

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OECD Publication Highlights Household Environmental Attitudes [viewed]

OECD5 June 2013: An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, titled "Greening Household Behaviour" and published as part of the OECD series on Environmental Policy and Individual Choice (EPIC), highlights household environmental attitudes in 11 survey countries and actions that governments can implement to influence change and increase access to greener choices.

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Next UNGA President to Prioritize Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA14 June 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclaimation John W. Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) as President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. 

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CCAFS Study Identifies Regrets-Free Approaches for Agricultural Adaptation [viewed]

CCAFS14 June 2013: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Research Program (CCAFS) has released a study, titled 'Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture,' which aims at helping farmers adapt to an uncertain future through pathways that are beneficial regardless of future growing conditions.

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UNECE Workshop Discusses Transboundary Water Cooperation in LAC [viewed]

UNECE14 June 2013: A workshop organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) brought together some 100 experts from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to discuss how the region might benefit from the experience and lessons learned in transboundary water cooperation from the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention).

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Preliminary Report on UN-REDD Panama Programme Rupture Offers Recommendations [viewed]

unredd13 June 2013: The preliminary report by a team investigating the withdrawal of the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) from Panama's National REDD+ Programme has been delivered to the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) along with recommendations on how to proceed in Panama and how to apply lessons learned from the experience to the design and implementation of REDD+ programmes elsewhere.

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UN Poverty-Environment Initiative Deepens Efforts on Gender, Equality and Stakeholder Partnerships [viewed]

UNDP UNEP12 June 2013: The UN Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) launched its 2013-2017 programme, announcing that its new phase will consolidate current programme achievements, further integrate gender and equality concerns, and strengthen stakeholder partnerships for the long-term mainstreaming of poverty-environment issues.

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Event: Global Green Growth Forum in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

At the invitation of Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) President Luis Alberto Moreno, leaders from government, business, finance, civil society and international organizations will convene at the first regional dialogue in Latin America of the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF LAC). The event, on the topic "Rethinking our energy future: Climate change and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean," seeks to highlight the substantial renewable energy endowment available in the region and identify collaboration opportunities and concrete actions to transform Latin America's energy market. Participants are expected to include: Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC; Adnan Amin, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA; Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Minister of Energy, Mexico; René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; and heads of large electricity utilities, regulatory agencies, renewable energy institutions, and the private sector.  

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ITTO Announces Additional Funding for Forest Monitoring in the Amazon [viewed]

ITTO logo12 June 2013: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) announced the continuation of the project on ‘Monitoring deforestation, logging and land use change in the Pan Amazonian Forest – PANAMAZON II,' which supports monitoring of forest cover in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

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ICAO Symposium Discusses National Action Plans on Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

Icao12 June 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change, 'Destination Green,' aimed to foster a dialogue amongst participants on environment and aviation matters. The event brought together 233 participants from 62 member States and 23 international organizations.

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