Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change Governance [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS), as a co-sponsor of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, which will convene in Rio de Janeiro from 1-3 June 2012, is conducting a series of "hemispheric dialogues" on sustainable development themes intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development for both the Congress and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The seventh in the series will seek to generate recommendations on improving the normative framework for energy sustainability and climate change mitigation. Future dialogues will address: biodiversity; improving the environmental performance of the private sector; and risk management and emergency legislation.  

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction: A Matter of Good Governance [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS), as a co-sponsor of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, which will convene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1-3 June 2012, is conducting a series of "hemispheric dialogues" on sustainable development themes intended to generate recommendations on institutions and governance for sustainable development for both the Congress and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The seventh in the series, co-sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), will seek to generate recommendations on improving governance in risk management and emergency legislation. Future dialogues will address biodiversity, and improving the environmental performance of the private sector.  

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IDB Supports Brazilian SMEs in Measuring Carbon Footprint [viewed]

IDB5 January 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund (FOMIN), in partnership with the Brazilian National Standards Organization (ABNT), will launch a US$2.8 million project to support 200 small and medium-size companies (SMEs) manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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New FAO Director-General Takes Office [viewed]

FAO3 January 2012: Committing to a renewed focus on food security, José Graziano da Silva, former Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and lead designer of Brazil's "zero-hunger" programme, has taken office as FAO Director-General.

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Event: G20 Summit 2012 [viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) Summit of the world's twenty major economies will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico, and will be the first such summit to occur in Latin America. In its G20 Presidency role during 2012, Mexico has prioritized: economic stability and structural reform for growth and employment; strengthening of financial systems and procurement of financial inclusion for economic growth; improving international financial architecture in an interconnected global economy; mitigating negative effects on price level and volatility of commodities, in particular those affecting food security; and promoting sustainable development with a focus on infrastructure, energy efficiency, green growth and financing the fight against climate change.  

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World Bank Supports Central America in Disaster Risk Prevention and Management [viewed]

World Bank15 December 2011: The World Bank and the Center for Coordination and Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC) have signed two cooperation agreements for more than US$1 million to support the implementation of the Central American Policy for Integral Disaster Risk Management (PCGIR). 

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Event: Group of 77 Handover [viewed]

The Group of 77 (G77) will mark the handover of its chairmanship, from Argentina to Algeria, on 11 January 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.  

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AMEP Quarterly Highlights GEF Caribbean Projects [viewed]

22 December 2011: The 12th issue of AMEP Quarterly highlights projects and activities implemented by the Assessment and Management of Environmental Pollution (AMEP) sub-programme of UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Kingston, Jamaica-based Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/CRU), including several funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on topics such as AMEP, wastewater management, waste management, oil spill response planning, and climate change and disaster management.

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Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Approves $39.5 Million Funding for Six Projects [viewed]

Adaptation Fund15 December 2011: At its 16th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board accredited three new implementing entities and approved the second project with direct access through a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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CEC Report Details Greenhouse Gas Emissions from North American Power Plants [viewed]

7 December 2011: A report by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) on the air emissions of electric power plants in North America finds that its 3,144 fossil fuel-burning plants generate the majority of several key pollutants and emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) than any other industrial sector.

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