Latin America & the Caribbean

Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Offer Broad Energy Sector Support; Off-Grid, Transport, Industry Receive Boost [viewed]

Sustainable_energy_finance1 September 2016: The month of August saw several financing announcements that, instead of focusing on a single project, will support many aspects of the energy sector in several countries, in the context of economic and infrastructure development. In addition, this Update reports on various initiatives that will support the expansion of off-grid energy access, “green” the public transport sector and increase industrial efficiency. It also includes a new 'Go-To Resources' section, which lists newly-released sources of information related to sustainable energy project development.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: COP 22 Preparations Pick Up Speed; Regions Enhance DRM Cooperation [viewed]

unisdrs_unfccc_pifs1 September 2016: With the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016, less than three months away, preparations are underway. The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of meeting documents, and Parties have been submitting their views on a range of issues, including the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The outcomes of several upcoming September meetings will also feed into the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference.

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Sub-national Governments Push for Climate Action [viewed]

ccca2016_seoul_C40_iclei 2 September 2016: At two recent major events bringing together representatives of local and regional governments, municipal and provincial authorities showcased the action they are taking to address climate change and urged their national governments to follow suit. In addition, mayors of cities from the Group of Twenty (G20) countries penned an open letter to their leaders calling on them to make concrete plans to implement the Paris Agreement.

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Bonn Challenge Celebrates 100 Million Hectares Milestone at WCC [viewed]

bonn_challange4 September 2016: With a series of events dubbed the 'Bonn Challenge Journey,' participants at the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) have marked a milestone in commitments for restoring degraded and deforested land under the Bonn Challenge. Including announcements made at WCC, the Bonn Challenge has now received commitments to restore 113 million hectares, putting the initiative on track to meeting its objective to restore 150 million hectares by 2020.

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World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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UNU Warns Inadequate Infrastructure Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU25 August 2016: Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains increase the risk that an extreme natural event, such as an earthquake or flood, will become a disaster, according to the 'WorldRiskReport 2016.' The report, published by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft – Gemeinsam für Menschen in Not e.V., analyzes the role of infrastructure and logistics in determining a country's disaster risk.

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August 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness, Simplified Access to Finance in the Spotlight; Caribbean Disaster Resilience and Relief Gets Support [viewed]

august_climte_update30 August 2016: During the month of August, the focus of multilateral climate financing activities turned to the South, with a number of high-level meetings and technical workshops focusing on access, readiness and the special circumstances of vulnerable developing countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed its first disbursement agreement and the Adaptation Fund reported a record level of requested support.

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Bahamas Ratifies Paris Agreement [viewed]

bahamas22 August 2016: The Government of the Bahamas deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 22 August. This latest ratification brings the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval to the Agreement to 23. In total, these countries represent 1.08% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Event: Second Climate Change Summit of the Americas [viewed]

The Second Climate Change Summit of the Americas is being organized by the Government of Jalisco through the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development of Mexico. It will bring together sub-national governments that make up the American continent with the aim of following up on the new challenges presented by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Participants will include Governors, Ministers and other dignitaries and representatives from several countries in Latin America and the rest of the world, who will have the opportunity to share their experiences and seek cooperation to implement the agreements reached.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Action Plan Guidance Enhances Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

capacity_building_technology21 August 2016: In Paris, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC requested the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to initiate the elaboration of the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement, which, among other things, should facilitate the undertaking and updating of technology needs assessments (TNAs), as well as the enhanced implementation of their results. An enhanced guidance issued by the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) for preparing a technology action plan (TAP) supports the new technology framework as well as Parties' long-term vision on technology development and transfer reflected in the Paris Agreement.

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