Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: Meeting of ACTO Environment Ministers [viewed]

The environment ministers of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) will meet to prepare for the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) and agree on a common agenda for the sustainable development of the Amazon.  

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UN Missions Discuss UN's Environmental Sustainability Management [viewed]

2 February 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced that the UN has held its first meeting with diplomatic missions to the UN on the UN's environmental sustainability management. The meeting was designed to share lessons and best practices on sustainability initiatives, and included presentations by the Green Diplomacy programmes of Chile and the UK.

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UN Greening the Blue Announces CO2 Balloon Launch [viewed]

31 January 2011: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has announced that a 10-meter-high balloon has been launched outside of UN Headquarters in New York, US, in an effort to draw attention to the quantities of carbon dioxide produced per person, per year.

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UK, Caribbean Countries Agree on Sustainable Growth Action Plan [viewed]

CARICOM23 January 2012: The seventh UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum, which was organized under the theme "Sustainable Growth Toward Prosperity," concluded with the adoption of a 31-point action plan. The UK agreed to give the region 75 million pounds over four years for its implementation, with 4.9 million pounds earmarked for climate change work.

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EUROCLIMA Launches New Website and Second Newsletter [viewed]

26 January 2012: EUROCLIMA, a joint environmental programme of the EU and Latin America, has launched its new website, as well as the second issue of its newsletter, which focuses on water and climate change in Latin America.

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Peru Deposits Acceptance of the Amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

25 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Government of Peru has deposited its instrument of acceptance of the amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol.

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UN/ISDR Highlights Caribbean Efforts Towards Carbon Neutrality [viewed]

25 January 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has reported on the work carried out by several Caribbean islands with the Carbon Neutral Tourist Program, which aims to transform the Caribbean region into a carbon neutral destination.  

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Report on UNCCD Impact Indicator Workshop Released [viewed]

UNCCD19 January 2012: The report from the Multi-National Final Workshop of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) pilot impact indicator tracking, which convened on 6-7 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, has been released.

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Bioversity International, CIAT Release Online Reference for Genetic Resources in Guatemala [viewed]

January 2011: Bioversity International has developed and released a new online resource to facilitate the conservation and use of wild plant species in Guatemala that are related to cultivated crops. The conservation of crop wild relatives is important due to their role in breeding improved crop varieties that are hardier, more productive, more nutritious, more disease and drought resistant, and better adapted to climate change stresses.

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CCCCC Releases Video on Climate Change Impacts on CARICOM Economies [viewed]

CCCCC17 January 2012: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has released a documentary titled "Climate Change: A Serious Threat," to the online video sharing platform YouTube.

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