Latin America & the Caribbean

Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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Second Global Transition Dialogue Considers Green Economy [viewed]

18 March 2012: The Second Global Transition 2012 Dialogue on the New Economy focused on a number of issues related to the green economy during a weekend event on the sidelines of negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Latin American Local Leaders Discuss Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

4 April 2012: The sixth Latin-American Congress of Cities and Local Authorities convened under the theme of “Stronger local governments.” At the meeting, organized by the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Associations of Local Governments (FLACMA) and hosted by the Chilean Association of Municipalities, participants discussed disaster risk reduction (DRR) in development planning.

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OAS and Mexico to Offer Energy Efficiency Assistance to LAC [viewed]

3 April 2012: The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Government of Mexico will implement a three-year project to provide technical assistance and collaboration with other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) governments on energy efficiency and energy conservation policy and regulation.

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CGIAR Launches Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas [viewed]

March 2012: Seeking to tap potential synergies for increasing food security and incomes, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has developed a Global Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, to be led by the International Potato Center (CIP) in collaboration with Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on New Delhi Work Programme and Article 6 [viewed]

30 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions from Parties and relevant organizations containing their views on the review of the implementation of the amended New Delhi work programme and on possible elements of a successor work programme on Article 6 of the Convention (education, training and public awareness) (FCCC/SBI/2012/MISC.4).

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IDB Grant Promotes Sustainable Management of Energy Resources in Peru [viewed]

IDB29 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a CAD$19 million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to support the Program for a Sustainable and Efficient Management of Energy Resources in Peru.

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ACTO Environment Ministers Adopt Lima Declaration, Agree to Combat Illegal Mining [viewed]

ACTO21 March 2012: The second meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) adopted a "Lima Declaration" agreeing on joint actions on environmental policy, including annual Environmental Ministerials and closer coordination in implementing multilateral environment agreements (MEAs). They also recommended that ACTO form a special working group to draft a common strategy to combat illegal mining in the Amazon Basin.

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Event: IDB Regional Workshop on Climate Change and Public Finance [viewed]

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through the Climate Change and Sustainability Division and the Knowledge and Learning Department is organizing a dialogue on the impact of climate change on public finance in Latin America. The event, which will take place in Spanish, aims to share knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices about the design and implementation of different instruments and mechanisms to confront the fiscal impact of climate change. Participants in this workshop include Ministers of Finance, Directors of Public Credit and officials in charge of budget planning, public investment, and climate change topics, as well as international experts.  

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IICA, FAO to Consolidate Joint Efforts in LAC [viewed]

30 March 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), a specialized agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), has signed a letter of understanding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to consolidate their joint efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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