Latin America & the Caribbean

Global Mechanism Meeting Supports Integrating Climate Finance into SLM Activities [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) hosted a meeting that gathered representatives from nine countries to discuss lessons learned and final year priorities for the project "Integrating Climate Change Finance into Sustainable Land Management Investment Strategies" funded by the European Commission.

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UNDP, Colombia Collaborate to Eliminate HCFC Use [viewed]

UNDP2 April 2013: A joint initiative between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Colombia has eliminated the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), an ozone depleting substance (ODS), in Colombia's domestic refrigerator manufacturing industry, replacing them with cyclopentane, a cost effective, flammable hydrocarbon that has low global warming potential (GWP).

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Solomon Islands REDD+ Taskforce [viewed]

28 March 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the February-March edition of its newsletter, highlighting activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Indonesia, Pakistan, Panama, Solomon Islands and Tanzania.

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FCPF Carbon Fund and Participants Committee Meetings Discuss REDD+ Activities [viewed]

World Bank27 March 2013: Two recent meetings of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), its Sixth Meeting of the Carbon Fund Participants (CF6, 15-16 March) and its 14th Meeting of the Participants Committee (PC14, 19-21 March 2013), have discussed updates on emissions reductions programmes and considered presentations on REDD+ readiness from a number of countries.

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UNU-EHS Lecture Focuses on Nansen Initiative, Disaster-induced Migration [viewed]

27 March 2013: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) hosted a lecture by Walter Kälin, Envoy of the Chairmanship of the Nansen Initiative, on human displacement across borders as a result of natural disasters. Kälin introduced the Nansen Initiative, which aims to build consensus among governments on how to address cross border displacement following slow-onset and sudden disasters.

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Fifth BRICS Summit Discusses Partnership for Development in Africa [viewed]

27 March 2013: Representatives from Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) met in Durban, South Africa, on 27 March 2013, at the Fifth BRICS Summit, which addressed the theme “BRICS and Africa: Partnership for Development, Integration and Industrialization.” The Summit concluded with the adoption of the eThekwini Declaration, which considers a range of international issues, including the global economy, sustainable development, climate change and trade.

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UNEP and St. Kitts and Nevis Host Caribbean Ozone Officers Meeting [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2013: The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) hosted a discussion of the successes and challenges involved with implementing Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase out Management Plans under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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IPC-IG Collects Evidence on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

26 March 2013: During a month-long e-discussion on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and the role of South-South cooperation in agricultural development in Africa, the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) invited participants to share real-life examples to strengthen the evidence base on climate-smart agriculture, particularly in the context of Brazil-Africa agricultural cooperation.

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GWP News Flow Highlights Launch of Integrated Drought Management Programme [viewed]

March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) March edition of "News Flow" highlights the launch by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP of a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to improve monitoring and prevention of droughts.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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