Latin America & the Caribbean

April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

MEF21 April 2015: The 21st meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) brought together ministers and officials from 15 major economies, as well as from Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General's office, as well as the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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First Global Adaptation Network Forum Disseminates Adaptation Knowledge [viewed]

global_adaptation_network7 March 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the UNFCCC Secretariat and with support from the Governments of Japan, Spain and Norway, held the first Global Adaptation Network (GAN) Forum. Participants shared their experiences in exchanging adaptation knowledge, challenges in coordinating and facilitating knowledge dissemination, and means to improve availability and accessibility of such knowledge to users.

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UNEP, IISD Launch Trade and Green Economy Handbook [viewed]

unep_iisd28 April 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) launched a handbook for policy makers on harnessing the power of trade to drive sustainable development. 'Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook' discusses global trends in international trade law and international environmental governance, focusing on specific environmental provisions in international trade agreements.

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WMO Hurricane Committee Prepares for Upcoming Season [viewed]

WMO18 April 2015: The 37th session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Hurricane Committee met to: review the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific basins; prepare for the upcoming hurricane season; and improve warning systems for hazards, such as storm surges and coastal flooding.

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ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group Concludes Technical Assistance Round [viewed]

ECPA logo16 April 2015: The Energy Efficiency Working Group of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) organized four events and prepared four case studies, which concluded the Working Group's latest technical assistance round. The Working Group, chaired by Mexico, has worked since 2011 to provide technical assistance and advice to governments of the Americas in support of their energy efficiency and conservation goals.

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UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions [viewed]

nazca22 April 2015: To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Public and Private Sectors Progress REDD+ Implementation [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme21 April 2015: New commitments and partnerships to reduce the contribution of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change continue across the public and private sectors.

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs [viewed]

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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