Latin America & the Caribbean

UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights 5th Anniversary Celebrations, Viet Nam Programme [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme6 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the forty-second edition of its newsletter, which highlights the launch of Phase II of Viet Nam's REDD+ programme.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA Documents Ahead of Warsaw [viewed]

UNFCCC7 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration in discussions during the upcoming session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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UNEP Risø Working Paper Assesses Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs [viewed]

UNEP Risoe7 November 2013:  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has released a working paper titled 'Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs: An integrated approach to assessment of co-benefits based on experience with the CDM.' The paper assesses the sustainable development impacts of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and is part of UNEP Risø's 'Low Carbon Development' series.

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World Bank Highlights Climate and Health Benefits of Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

World Bank3 November 2013: The World Bank has published a report highlighting the climate and health benefits of reducing emissions of common pollutants such as methane and black carbon, and examining 14 measures that contribute towards this objective.

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Guest Article #102: Universality and Fairness of Commitments are the Key to Success [viewed]

This November, we will host in Warsaw the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19). The negotiations of the new agreement on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which is to enter into force in 2020, will be one of the key issues to be discussed at COP 19.

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CIF Approves Forest Funding for Peru and Energy Access in Liberia [viewed]

CIF30 October 2013: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Sub-Committee Meetings concluded with endorsement of the final pilot country plan from Peru for $50 million under the Forest Investment Program (FIP), and the endorsement of Liberia's $50 million investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The FIP also approved $16.45 million to support forest and climate information gathering and systematization in Brazil.  

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BASIC Countries Call for Warsaw to be an "Implementation COP" [viewed]

Flag of China29 October 2013: The 17th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change brought together representatives from Brazil, India, South Africa and China (BASIC), who adopted a joint statement emphasizing that the upcoming Warsaw Climate Change Conference "should be an implementation Conference of the Parties (COP)."

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IEA Geothermal Annual Report Highlights Increased Growth in Geothermal Deployment [viewed]

iea-gia10 October 2013: The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Geothermal Implementing Agreement (GIA) has released its Annual Report for 2011 and published country reports for Australia, the European Commission, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the US.

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CIFOR Report Investigates REDD+ and Deforestation Drivers [viewed]

CIFOR28 October 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published a report, titled 'Governing the Design of National REDD+: An analysis of the power of agency,' which investigates how policies, media coverage and policy networks affect REDD+ outcomes based on studies in Brazil, Cameroon, Indonesia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam.

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