Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: Inter-Ministerial and Experts Conference on Biosphere Reserves in the Caribbean Sub-Region [viewed]

Organized by the Government of Saint Kitts and Nevis and the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme, this meeting will convene under the theme "Tools for Sustainable Development and Growth." The objective of the event is to facilitate discussions on the identification of appropriate locations for new biosphere reserves as well as their integration with local/national sustainable development and adaptation to climate change plans.  

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CDM Registers 100th Programme of Activity [viewed]

UNFCCC27 February 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has now registered over 100 CDM Programmes of Activities (PoAs), achieving a new milestone. Under the CDM PoA, it is possible to have an unlimited number of similar project activities registered under a single programme umbrella.

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Connect4Climate Recognizes 19 Young Climate Activists [viewed]

1 March 2013: The World Bank has announced that 19 awards were granted to young individuals from 14 countries as part of the Voices4Climate competition, which was organized by the Connect4Climate in collaboration with MTV and TerrAfrica. The competition selected photographs, videos, videos, and music about climate change.

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CIFOR-Backed Study Assesses Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands in the Mexican Caribbean [viewed]

14 February 2013: A paper appearing in the open-access journal PLOS ONE presents the first whole-ecosystem analysis of carbon stocks of different kinds of coastal wetlands in a tropical karstic zone. The analysis of “Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands within the Karstic Landscape of the Mexican Caribbean” estimates that 43.2-58.0 million tons of carbon are stored across 172,176 hectares of coastal wetlands in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (SKBR) of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a Systems Approach to Clean Energy [viewed]

27 February 2013: In a keynote address delivered at the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has stated that the system-wide integration of clean and efficient energy technologies is essential in the transition to a sustainable and secure energy future.

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IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru [viewed]

January 2013: Four reports published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) address climate risk management (CRM) in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. The reports were written as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) CRM Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP).

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Delhi Clean Energy Conference Discusses Clean Energy Progress and Cooperation in Emerging Economies [viewed]

25 February 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has reported on the outcomes of the Delhi Clean Energy Conference, which showcased clean energy progress in emerging economies and initiated the development of a South-South-North Knowledge and Collaboration Partnership in Clean Energy.

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WMO's Voluntary Cooperation Programme Reports on 2012 Activities [viewed]

WMO25 February 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has issued the January-December 2012 newsletter from its Voluntary Cooperation Programme (VCP) and Development and Regional Activities Department. The publication details, among other activities, new funding agreements to support climate service systems in West Africa, Haiti, Peru and Ethiopia, and summarizes the outcomes of past partnerships, including on drafting meteorology bills, installing automatic weather stations and updating a meteorological service strategic plan.

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Event: Leadership Meeting on Environmental Sustainability in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the 11 Global Thematic Consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this High-Level Meeting will bring together NGOs, the sponsoring governments, and participants from the UN, among others, to discuss and define recommendations on environmental sustainability in a future framework. This consultation is being co-led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), with support from the Governments of France and Costa Rica.  

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General Assembly Launches International Year of Quinoa [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN General Assembly launched the International Year of Quinoa with a High-Level Panel discussion during its plenary at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Bolivian President Evo Morales and First Lady of Peru Nadine Heredia participated in the launch, which will be celebrated under the theme "A future sown thousands of years ago." 

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