Latin America & the Caribbean

World Bank PMR Assembly Discusses Domestic Climate Action and Carbon Pricing Instruments [viewed]

pmr7 March 2014: Participants from 30 countries, representing approximately 80% of global emissions, discussed domestic actions taken in pursuit of low-emissions development at the Eighth Partnership Assembly of the World Bank's Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR). Participants also discussed mitigation approaches and carbon pricing initiatives, such as emissions trading schemes and carbon taxes. 

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GCF Approves 10 Private Sector and Civil Society Experts for Advisory Group [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)7 March 2014: At its February board meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved the nomination of ten private sector and civil society experts who will serve on its Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). The PSAG will make suggestions on how the Fund, including its Private Sector Facility (PSF), should engage the private sector to catalyze, mobilize and leverage flows of private climate finance in developing countries and make use of knowledge on best available technologies.

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CGIAR Launches Projects on Women and Low-Emissions Agriculture in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras [viewed]

CCAFS6 March 2014: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has initiated three action research projects in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Honduras as part of its gender strategy, which seeks to advance climate mitigation efforts that benefit both men and women farmers. These projects aim to understand the complex and surprising impacts agricultural practices and climate policies can have on women and local livelihoods.

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UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Adaptation Technology Transfer [viewed]

unfccc-workshop4 March 2014: The UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC) Workshop on Technologies for Adaptation aimed to provide a platform to share experiences on the development and implementation of technologies for adaptation, and identify possible actions and recommendations by the TEC that could help promote and accelerate the development and transfer of technologies for adaptation.

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PROFOR Supports REDD+ Benefit Sharing and Forest Governance Assessments [viewed]

PROFOR27 February 2014: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released a number of updates on its activities and programmes in support of forest and REDD+ benefit sharing and forest governance.

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IEA Assesses Cost-Effectiveness of Variable Renewable Energy [viewed]

IEA26 February 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a book exploring how power systems with high shares of variable renewable energy (VRE), such as wind and solar, can remain reliable and cost-effective. Its key finding is that a high share of renewables can be affordable  in any country context.  

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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SIDS PrepCom Commences Negotiations for September 2014 Conference [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo26 February 2014: The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) elected the Bureau and discussed the objectives and substantive theme of the Conference, as well as organizational and procedural matters, during its first meeting. 

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February 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

Sustainable Energy FinanceFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) undertook a number of activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in a range of countries, including: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Brazil, and in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

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Event: 2nd World Summit of Legislators [viewed]

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

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