Latin America & the Caribbean

Forest Trends Releases 'State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2014' [viewed]

Sharing the Stage28 May 2014: Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace has released its 2014 round-up of where voluntary carbon markets stand globally. The report, titled 'Sharing the Stage: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2014,' finds that while US$379 million were invested in carbon offsets in 2013, this total fell short of 2012 levels by 26.7%, or US$144 million. However, according to Forest Trends, many of these tons were still transacted, but under compliance regimes, rather than voluntarily.

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UNDP Annual Report Showcases Achievements by Region [viewed]

UNDPJune 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released its 2013/2014 Annual Report, titled ‘New Partnerships for Development.' According to the forward by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, the report shows how UNDP is evolving in its operations, as outlined in its 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, and notes its alignment of efforts behind inclusive, sustainable and resilient development. Clark also emphasizes that UNDP “will continue a final push to achieve the MDGs” in more than 50 countries.

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CIF 2014 Partnership Forum Focuses on Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

cif-forum24 June 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2014 Partnership Forum brought together over 400 participants, representing governments, civil society, indigenous peoples, the private sector, development partners and researchers, to learn and share lessons emerging from the CIF on how to foster partnerships and attract investment to deliver low-carbon and climate-resilient development results.

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World Bank Analyzes Economic, Health Benefits of Climate-Smart Policies [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2014: The World Bank, in partnership with the ClimateWorks Foundation, has released an analysis that estimates global economic output could increase by US$1.8 trillion annually through government policies that encourage energy efficiency and improve public transport. The report finds that such policies could save over one million lives, reduce crop losses by 1-1.5 million tons, and avoid 355 to 520 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions.

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Our Ocean Conference Garners Over $800 Million in Ocean Conservation Commitments [viewed]

our-ocean17 June 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources. The conference aimed to develop strategies for protecting oceans through three pillars focused on: sustainable fisheries; marine pollution from land-based and ocean-based sources; and ocean acidification, as addressed in the ‘Our Ocean Action Plan.'

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UNEP's 'OurPlanet' Magazine Features UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The theme of the June 2014 edition of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'OurPlanet' magazine is 'The First United Nations Environment Assembly' (UNEA), which is taking place from 23-27 June 2014. Touching on many of the key items of discussion at UNEA, the edition explores issues such as the role of cities in combating climate change, environmental planning in China and renewable energy opportunities in Africa.

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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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UNFCCC Momentum for Change Releases 2013 Lighthouse Activities Report [viewed]

UNFCCCJune 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released its 2013 report on the 'Lighthouse Activities' selected by its Momentum for Change initiative to showcase game-changing climate change actions. The 17 activities selected are making progress in three focus areas: Urban Poor; Women for Results; and Financing for Climate Friendly Investment.

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IDB Analyzes Economics of Climate Change in Trinidad and Tobago [viewed]

IDBJune 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has issued an economics of climate change adaptation study for Trinidad and Tobago that can be applied to the broader Caribbean region, along with the information regarding how to implement such a study.

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UNCCD Announces 35 Dryland Champions [viewed]

UNCCD logo17 June 2014: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced the Dryland Champions 2014. UNCCD selected the 35 Champions from Brazil, Eritrea, Peru and Portugal in recognition of their efforts on sustainable land management (SLM) practices and dedication to drylands.

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