Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: IEA Sustainable Energy Training Seminar [viewed]

The International Energy Agency (IEA), Mexican Department of Energy (SENER), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are holding this event to encourage policymakers to exchange best practices in sustainable energy, and will also see the launch of several new publications. The training event is particularly focused on low-carbon energy policies and technologies, including energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Two parallel courses on "Energy Efficiency Policy and Measures" and "Energy Technology Planning and Analysis" are offered. During the event, several new publications will also be released, including: the IEA's "Energy Technology Perspectives 2012"; the Latin American version of the "Energy Efficiency Governance Handbook"; and the IDB's new monthly series of energy efficiency booklets.  

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FAO Launches Energy from Biomass Project in Argentina [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Government of Argentina and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed an agreement for a three-year project that seeks to triple biomass as a share of the Argentinian national energy balance by converting forest wastes, animal excreta and crop wastes into biogas and other forms of bioenergy.

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UNGA High-level Debate Recognizes Climate Change Effects on Vulnerable States [viewed]

26 September 2012: During the second day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session UN General Assembly (UNGA), several speakers expressed commitments to address climate change. Others expressed concerns about the effects of climate change on vulnerable States and highlighted the potential for climate change to contribute to conflicts.

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CSEF III Recommends CARICOM Coordination of Members' Energy Policies [viewed]

18 September 2012: The Third Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF III) recommended greater coordination among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States in policies regarding energy integration, energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energy sources.

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Leaders Stress Climate Action at UNGA High-level Debate [viewed]

28 September 2012: World leaders gathered for the fourth day of the High-level Debate of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) highlighted connections between climate change and sustainable development, and called for urgent action to address climate change.

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Event: ECLAC Technical Advisory Committee Meeting on the Economic and Social Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Economic Commission on Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and will bring together technical experts and government representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries, Cuba and the Dominican Republic to examine the results of assessments of the economic and social impacts of climate change on the agriculture, coastal and marine, energy, health, tourism and water sectors in the Caribbean.  

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UNFCCC Publishes Report of Vulnerability and Adaptation Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

27 September 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note containing the progress report on the work of the Consultative Group of Experts on non-Annex I National Communications (CGE), which summarizes the training workshop that was held for the Latin America and Caribbean region on vulnerability and adaptation assessment (FCCC/SBI/2012/17). 

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Event: 8th Annual International Congress on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

Co-hosted by the World Resources Institute's center for sustainable transport, EMBARQ, Mexico's Environment Secretariat, the Mexico City government, Walk 21 and others, with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), this conference will discuss sustainable transport issues as transport emissions, clean vehicles, climate change, bus rapid transit (BRT) and transport post-Rio+20 under the theme "Step Into the Future".  

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Event: Latin American Carbon Forum 2013 [viewed]

The Seventh Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACF) will discuss prospects for carbon projects in Latin America. The Forum is co-organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Latin American Development Bank (CAF), the World Bank, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2013 [viewed]

The World Bank and the World Resources Institute's (WRI) sustainable transport center, EMBARQ, will co-host the 10th annual "Transforming Transportation" event on sustainable transport. The 2013 agenda will discuss, inter alia: capitalizing on the multilateral development banks' $175 billion commitment for sustainable transport made during Rio+20; opportunities for sustainable transport in China, India and Latin America; integrating urban transport and development; improving transport health and safety in cities; and bringing shared bicycle solutions to scale in developing countries.  

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