Latin America & the Caribbean

World Mountain Forum Discusses Climate Change, Mountain Communities [viewed]

wfm24 May 2014: The World Mountain Forum (WMF), which took place from 22-24 May 2014, in Cusco, Peru, provided a platform to promote sustainable mountain development. The Forum convened sessions on four key topics: climate change; family farming; mountain communities; and mountain cities. These sessions included a particular focus on water and food security, sustainable investment and climate change adaptation. 

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GEF Council Considers 2020 Strategy, GEF-6 [viewed]

gefcouncilmeeting27 May 2014: The 46th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened immediately prior to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly. The Council considered, inter alia, the long term strategy for the GEF, co-financing policy, the GEF-5 Work Program, and the Work program and budget of the GEF Independent Evaluation office. Agenda items specific to the sixth replenishment period of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-6) included a proposal for the System of Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR) for GEF-6, implementation arrangements for the GEF Small Grants Programme, and a summary of the negotiations of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund.

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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Guest Article #108: An Opportunity to Learn, Share, Network at Climate Partnership Forum [viewed]

In just over a month from now, hundreds of people will be rallying behind the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to participate in the fifth CIF Partnership Forum: a showcase of emerging CIF knowledge and learning on low carbon, climate resilient development and a key meeting place for climate change champions from around the world.

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UN-REDD Announces Partnership for Community-based REDD+ [viewed]

Smallgrants15 May 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) launched a partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) small grants programme (SGP) in support of community based REDD+. The objective of the partnership is to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to effectively participate in the design, implementation and assessment of REDD+ projects and programmes.

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Event: Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) [viewed]

The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will take place from 3-5 September 2014, in Bogotá, Colombia. The Forum will: inform attendees of developments in carbon markets; provide a venue for connecting carbon project developers and investors; showcase lessons from completed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Latin America and the Caribbean; feature presentations on public and private sector strategies for promoting CDM benefits in the region; offer the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), Low Carbon Development Strategies (LEDS), market mechanisms, and green investment in the region; and encourage networking and discussions among technical experts, project developers and carbon buyers. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  

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IFPRI Conference Highlights Role of Resilience in Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security [viewed]

IFPRI Logo18 May 2014: At the ‘Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security' conference organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), its 2020 Vision Initiative and partners, participants called for the inclusion of a goal to eliminate hunger by 2025 in the post-2015 development agenda. 

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Peru Holds First Latin American Civil Society Dialogue Ahead of COP 20 [viewed]

cop2014 May 2014: As part of preparations for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Government of Peru organized the first session of its 'Dialogue between the Next Presidency of the COP 20/CMP 10 and Latin American Civil Society.' UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Peru's Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal spoke with Latin American civil society organizations (CSOs) about their expectations for COP 20.

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Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus [viewed]

cem513 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 23 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. Around 250 participants attended the meeting, which convened a set of public-private roundtables and a Ministerial segment on clean energy, integration, energy efficiency and human capacity.

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