Latin America & the Caribbean

WMO, IGAC Release Report on Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate [viewed]

16 October 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project have released a report, titled “Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate.” The report provides an initial assessment of available information on air pollution and climate impacts in megacities globally.

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UN-REDD Policy Brief Explores Multiple Benefits from REDD+ [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN Collaborative Programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (UN-REDD) has released a policy brief on achieving benefits beyond carbon sequestration from investments in reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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Caribbean Ministers Sign Regional Water Security Declaration [viewed]

10 October 2012: Ministers responsible for water resources management in nine Caribbean countries have signed a declaration on water security at the 8th Annual High-Level Session (HLS) Ministerial Forum, a joint initiative of the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA).

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World Risk Report 2012 Highlights Global Disaster Risk Hotspots [viewed]

11 October 2012: The World Risk Report 2012, published by the Alliance Development Works (Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft) in collaboration with the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and The Nature Conservancy, focuses on the theme of environmental degradation and disasters, assessing disaster risk based on information from 173 countries.

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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UN-Energy Newsletter Highlights Appointment of Kandeh Yumkella as CEO for SE4ALL Initiative [viewed]

UN-Energy9 October 2012: UN-Energy, in its recently published newsletter, has highlighted new leadership for the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, announcing the UN Secretary-General's invitation to UN Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) Director-General and Chair of UN-Energy, Kandeh Yumkella, to become the chief executive of the Initiative.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines "What is Being Done" on Climate Change [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary8 October 2012: Delivering a lecture titled “Is anything being done on climate change?” at the Central Bank of Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, conveyed three messages, namely that: climate change is happening; the world is doing something about it, "not enough, but we are walking in the right direction;" and much more can be done at the national level.

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EcoMicro to Support Four Latin American Microfinance Institutions [viewed]

EcoMicro4 October 2012: EcoMicro, a technical assistance programme co-financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, announced it will help four microfinance institutions (MFIs) from Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru to develop "green" financial products that promote clean energy and energy efficiency, and reduce the vulnerability of their portfolios to climate change impacts.

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ECLAC Workshop Considers Role of New Technologies in Climate-Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

ECLAC Workshop Considers Role of New Technologies in Climate-Resilient Agriculture28 September 2012: The Third Regional Seminar on Agriculture and Climate Change examined the role new technologies may play in contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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