Latin America & the Caribbean

WFP and Italian Energy Company Launch Alternative Energy Partnership [viewed]

7 December 2011: A €8 million partnership between the World Food Programme (WFP) and Italian energy company Enel has been launched to address climate change and food security through the use of green stoves and solar panels.

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IRENA, IISD Hold Media Workshop on Barriers to Renewables [viewed]

6 December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have organized a workshop for journalists on "Barriers to Renewables – What Are They and How Can They be Overcome."

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UN-HABITAT and Partners Recognize Local Governments for Green Building [viewed]

5 December 2011: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability have announced the winners of the Government Leadership Awards for excellence in green building and climate action at the local level. The awards promote best practices to be replicated across cities, and encourage the use of green buildings as a strategy to reduce carbon emissions.

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Adaptation Fund Highlights Case Studies of Direct Access to Financing [viewed]

Adaptation Fund5 December 2011: At the Durban Climate Change Conference, the Adaptation Fund featured case studies from National Implementing Entities (NIEs), and announced the winner of the Adaptation Fund Photo Contest.

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FAO's Remote Sensing Updates Picture of Forest Loss [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released initial results from a satellite-based remote sensing survey, showing new information on forest area declines between 1990 and 2005.

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Central American Countries Adopt Common Position for COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Environment Ministers of the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic adopted a set of common positions regarding the climate change negotiations to be held in Durban, South Africa, stressing issues related to adaptation, financial assistance and technology transfer.

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Event: Fourth Expert Group Meeting on the Potential Economic Impact of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean will host a two-day meeting of around 30 experts on economic modeling to examine the methodological issues in modelling the macroeconomic impacts of climate change in the Caribbean. Participants will be apprised of the initiatives on econometric modeling that have already been employed in the Caribbean and assess their limitations and strengths.  

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WMO: 2011 is 10th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO29 November 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released highlights of the provisional annual WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate. 

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Central American Energy-Environment Ministerial Discuss Sustainable Energy Issues [viewed]

24 November 2011: The Fourth Energy and Environment Ministerial of the Central American Integration System (SICA) examined several matters for joint action on the energy-environment interface, including elaborating a new regional sustainable energy policy, increasing regional programmes on renewable energy and the sustainable use of firewood, and reducing the sulfur content of diesel fuel.

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Dominican Republic Holds UN CC:Learn Project Planning Meeting [viewed]

Dominican Republic Holds UN CC:Learn Project Planning Meeting28 November 2011: A planning meeting convened in the Dominican Republic to support the preparations for a UN CC:Learn-supported project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change.

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