Latin America & the Caribbean

Latin American Carbon Forum Calls for CDM Continuity [viewed]

30 September 2011: The sixth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum concluded in San José, Costa Rica, with calls by carbon project developers and the private sector to clarify the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other carbon finance options.

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PAHO Adopts Strategy and Action Plan on Climate Change [viewed]

30 September 2011: The 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) adopted a new strategy and action plan on climate change drafted by the PAHO Secretariat. These documents call on countries in the Americas to develop national climate change strategies with technical help from PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as national campaigns to increase awareness of the health risks of climate change.

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Central America Workshop Discusses Water Management and Climate Change [viewed]

23 September 2011: The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (BCIE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Global Water Partnership - Central America (GWP-CA) recently organized a workshop titled “Regional Development in the Context of Water and Climate Change."

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Experts Adopt Recommendations on Climate Change Education in SIDS [viewed]

23 September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an Expert Meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Adaptation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which focused the challenges that climate change poses to education systems in SIDS, and on promoting education to enhance adaptation to climate change in the context of sustainable development.

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Event: International Congress on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

The International Congress on Sustainable Transport (CITS) promotes mass transit systems in cities around the world and particularly in Latin America. It features conferences and workshops, on sustainable mobility, integrated transport in cities, and strategies to reduce transport's carbon footprint, during a three-day event. IDB is one of the sponsors of this event.  

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World Bank Backs Incandescent Light Bulb Replacement Programme in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank27 September 2011: The World Bank is funding the Sustainable Lighting Program, which aims to replace 47.2 million bulbs by the end of 2012 in Mexico, and to achieve a reduction of up to 2.78 million tons of carbon dioxide every year. 

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ECLAC Warns Caribbean Countries Against Costs of Inaction on Climate Change [viewed]

26 September 2011: A new UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report estimates that mitigating and adapting to climate change could cost Caribbean countries 2-3% of their annual GDP between 2011 and 2050, but that the cost of inaction could be as high as 5% of annual GDP.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Activities in Mongolia and Republic of Congo [viewed]

22 September 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the September issue of its Newsletter, reporting on national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) activities in Mongolia and the Republic of Congo, as well as regional news from the Latin America and Caribbean, African and Asian regions.

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UNGA General Debate Addresses Impacts of Climate Change, SIDS' Vulnerability [viewed]

26 September 2011: During the general debate of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a number of speakers referred to the impacts of climate change, addressing, inter alia, the specific vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the prospects for the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), and the impacts of climate change on food security and disasters.

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UNESCO, AOSIS Discuss Climate Change, Awareness Raising [viewed]

23 September 2011: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held a meeting with Amb. Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and Omar Ramirez, Executive Vice-President of the Office of Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Dominican Republic, to discuss UNESCO activities of relevance for small island developing States (SIDS) in the areas of climate change, oceans, education and awareness raising. 

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