Latin America & the Caribbean

UNISDR Announces Five DRR Parliamentarian Champions [viewed]

3 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that five parliamentarians, from Bangladesh, Uganda, Cambodia, Senegal and the East African Legislative Assembly, have been named as parliamentary champions for their ongoing commitment to promoting legislation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. 

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Over $50 Million for Seven Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund29 June 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board approved a grant of $10 million to the Planning Institute of Jamaica to protect livelihoods and food security through the direct access financing pathway of the Adaptation Fund.

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Caribbean Countries Renew CCRIF Disaster Risk Policies, Get Rebate for 2011-12 [viewed]

5 June 2012: The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced that all 16 member governments have renewed their hurricane and earthquake insurance for the 2012-2013 policy year, and that the Facility has provided them with a 25% rebate on their 2011-2012 policy year premium because none of their policies had been triggered.

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UN-Energy Newsletter Reviews SE4ALL Progress, Green Industry Platform, FAO's Bioenergy Tool [viewed]

UN-Energy30 June 2012: The June 2012 edition of the UN-Energy Newsletter has been published, focusing on the launch of the Green Industry Platform at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20); new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) tools on Bioenergy and Food Security; strengthening public private partnerships (PPPs) to accelerate global electricity deployment; and global solar opportunity tool. 

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UN-REDD Calls for Comments on Country Needs Assessment Report [viewed]

29 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has issued a call for comments on the report of a global workshop on country needs assessment (CNA) for readiness for REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Country Needs Assessment Workshop [viewed]

27 June 2012: The UN-REDD Programme has released the June edition of its newsletter, which reports on a workshop it hosted to present the preliminary findings of a country needs assessment to national REDD+ focal points from more than 20 partner countries, along with representatives from civil society, donor countries, the UNFCCC and the Programme's Independent Advisory Group.

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OLADE, UNASUR Launch Joint Publication on Energy Integration in South America [viewed]

8 June 2012: The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) have launched a joint publication on energy integration in South America and the role that UNASUR might play in that integration.

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Event: Infrastructure for Climate Change: The Challenge of Constructing Infrastructure Systems for a New Environmental Reality [viewed]

This one-day meeting, sponsored by the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) and organized by CAF and the Colombian Government, will bring together government representatives from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, representatives from various regional and international organizations, as well as experts from Asia, the US, Latin America and Europe to discuss the challenges posed by climate change and extreme weather events to Latin American water, energy, transport, housing and health infrastructure. The meeting also will launch a "Center of thought on Infrastructure for Climate Change" to act as a permanent high-level consultative center composed of national and international experts, devoted to the issue of making Latin American infrastructure climate-resilient.  

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Event: Bogota Summit: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

Organized by the Mayor of Bogota, with support from the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the French Embassy, the French Development Agency (AFD), Avina Foundation, FINDETER bank, the El Tiempo news group, UN-HABITAT and others, this summit aims to bring together experts, finance organizations, international organizations and Latin American regional, national and municipal leaders to discuss concrete actions Latin American cities can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change and convert them into resilient, low-carbon cities. The conference will include a series of thematic debates and workshops on key issues, such as housing density, sustainable construction, energy efficiency, water services, risk management and mobility management.  

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World Bank Climate Change e-Bulletin Highlights Low Carbon City Development Program [viewed]

26 June 2012: The June issue of the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice e-Bulletin highlights the launch of the Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program, which was announced on the sidelines of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) .

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