Latin America & the Caribbean

WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans [viewed]

becausetheocean10 December 2015: At the Paris Climate Change Conference, 22 countries supported the 'Because the Ocean' Declaration and agreed to work towards three objectives to advance action on climate change, oceans and sustainable development.

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Advisory Group Highlights Sustainable Transport for Addressing Climate Change, SDGs [viewed]

United Nations7 December 2015: The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, including leaders from the public and private sectors and representing all modes of transport, met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, government representatives and other stakeholders on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, aiming to advance implementation of climate-related solutions. The 16 members of the Group asserted that, through innovation in operations, policy and technology, the transport sector can lower emissions while ensuring access to markets, services and social interaction for people.

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Event: 2016 Annual Meetings of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation [viewed]

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 31st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) is intended to provide a forum for discussion among the institution's Governors, including finance ministers and central bank presidents, and representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and private banks. A series of seminars will take place prior to the opening of the meeting. In addition to meetings of the Boards of Governors, the meeting will include sessions on, inter alia: the private sector as an engine of growth for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); strengthening financing for the private sector to promote growth; consolidating LAC's participation in global value chains; the Caribbean's energy challenge; protecting productive ecosystems, including the coasts and the ocean, through an integrated approach; a “Blue Urban Agenda”; and the Road to Habitat III. The annual meetings take place in late March or early April each year.  

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Saint Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC12 December 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Saint Kitts and Nevis and Venezuela have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 188.

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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Governments, Partners Launch International Partnership for Blue Carbon [viewed]

australia_indonesia_costarica6 December 2015: The Governments of Australia, Costa Rica and Indonesia launched an International Partnership for Blue Carbon at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The partnership aims to increase understanding of and accelerate action on the role of blue carbon ecosystems in action on climate change, including both adaptation and mitigation.

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Special Gala Honors Recipients of Momentum for Change Awards [viewed]

UNFCCC10 December 2015: The recipients of the 2015 UN Climate Solutions Award 'Momentum for Change' were honored during a special ceremony and gala event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sixteen initiatives were awarded prizes in the following categories: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate-friendly investment and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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FAO, ITTO Publications Highlight Forest Restoration Needs and Experiences [viewed]

fao_itto9 December 2015: Two publications presented at the Global Landscapes Forum, the latest issue of Unasylva, the forestry journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and an assessment of the Guidelines of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) for the Restoration, Management and Rehabilitation of Degraded Secondary Tropical Forests aim to shed light on the factors contributing to successful forest and landscape restoration and management.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Honors 21 Indigenous and Local Community Groups [viewed]

equatorinitiative8 December 2015: The Equator Initiative Prize Ceremony, described as the ‘Academy Awards for Sustainable Development,' honored 21 indigenous and local community groups from 19 countries for their “outstanding achievements in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” The ceremony, which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, recognized winners for their contributions and innovations in preventing deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife species, securing land rights and creating jobs for their communities, among other actions.

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