Latin America & the Caribbean

IDB Approves US$50 Million Energy Efficiency Finance Facility [viewed]

IDB15 April 2013: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved US$50 million for the launch of the Energy Efficiency Finance Facility, which aims to finance companies investing in energy efficiency and self-supply renewable energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), by helping them to overcome financial barriers with small-scale loans to curb emissions.

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New Briefs Address Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Goals and Land Rights [viewed]

April 2013: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has released publications addressing issues central to the green economy and the development of post-2015 development goals, gender equity, land rights and agriculture in Southern Africa, Madagascar, Guatemala, Brazil, and Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS).

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Direct Access Project in Argentina [viewed]

Adaptation Fund12 April 2013: At its 20th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board approved a new project in Argentina to be implemented through the Fund's direct access mechanism, but was unable to make progress on three projects submitted by multilateral implementing entities (MIE) due to the Fund's limited resources.

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UNFCCC Releases Updated Compilation of Developing Countries' NAMAs [viewed]

UNFCCC11 April 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat released an updated compilation of all nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMAs) that developing countries intend to implement (FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.12). It contains NAMA information communicated by 55 developing countries and a group of parties, as included in documents FCCC/AWGLCA/2011/INF.1 and FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.2 and Add.1, as well as those provided by Burkina Faso, Dominica, Gambia and Guinea, who had not previously communicated NAMAs.

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Event: Fifth Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) Pilot Country Meeting [viewed]

The fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Program for Scaling-up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) will provide a platform for pilot and reserve countries to share updates on the status of their projects, last assessed in October 2012. Sessions will focus on the areas of monitoring and reporting on energy access results, project delivery, and private sector engagement. A full day will be devoted to renewable energy progress in SREP countries and participants will take part in a field visit to Villingili Island. The countries participating in SREP are: Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Maldives, Mali, Liberia, Nepal and Tanzania.  

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Event: Seventh Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Meeting [viewed]

During the seventh meeting of pilot countries and regions participating in the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), participants will share updates regarding the implementation of the PPCR progress, mainly addressing monitoring and reporting, country coordination, stakeholder engagement, knowledge management, and private sector involvement. The event is organized in association with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings. PPCR pilots are expected to establish baselines and targets for core indicators by August 2013. The countries and regions participating in the PPCR are: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Tajikistan, Yemen, Zambia, Caribbean region, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Pacific region, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.  

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UNEP, UNOPS Partner to Purchase Carbon Offsets [viewed]

5 April 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has requested the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to buy 50,000 certificates of emission reduction (CERs), to cover UNEP's emissions for 2010-2013. UNOPS purchased almost 14,000 additional certificates to offset its global activities in 2011. These purchases are line with the 2007 UN directive for UN agencies to move towards climate neutrality.

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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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