Latin America & the Caribbean

UNEP Executive Director Calls for Action on Short-lived Climate Forcers [viewed]

13 September 2011: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has called for action to reduce short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), through regional air quality agreements or placing the issue on the agenda for Rio+20. 

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CGIAR Conference Debates Latest Research on REDD+ and Sustainable Development [viewed]

September 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held a conference at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington DC, US, on 26 August 2011, to examine issues related to understanding the relationships between carbon emissions and rural livelihoods.

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Event: World Habitat Day 2011: Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

World Habitat Day focuses on the state of cities and the basic right to adequate shelter. This year's theme emphasizes that climate change is a preeminent development challenge of the 21st century and that cities will bear the greatest impacts of disasters resulting from climate impact. The theme for the day also recognizes that cities have a great influence on climate change. The Global Celebration of the day will be organized by the Government of Mexico.  

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IDB to Invest in Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

IDB12 September 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is investing US$1.5 million to launch an initiative that will help small and medium-sized enterprises in Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas and Belize to adopt business practices to minimize the impact of climate change on productive activities.

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Cuba Accepts Amendment to Annex B to the Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

Cuban flag12 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Government of Cuba deposited its instrument of acceptance of an amendment to Annex B of the Kyoto Protocol on 8 September 2011.

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IICA, Four CGIAR Centers to Cooperate on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security [viewed]

Heads of IICA, CIP, CIAT, CIMMYT, and IFPRI2 September 2011: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and four international research centers based in the Americas have agreed to join forces in projects in the region in four thematic areas, including one on climate change, agriculture and food security. 

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Event: International Seminar on Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change [viewed]

The Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA) and the Government of Mexico will cohost an international seminar on adapting agriculture to climate change. IICA is a specialized affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS) based in San José, Costa Rica. The Seminar will serve as the first event and formal launch of IICA's new Intergovernmental Programme for Cooperation on Climate Change - Opportunities and Challenges in Agriculture (PRICA-ADO) that brings together Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama to tackle adaptation issues affecting the subregion's agricultural sector.  

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IDB, Mexico Launch Sustainable Energy Technologies Contest [viewed]

IDB7 September 2011: Mexico and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea, have announced a joint contest to fund applied research and technological development projects on sustainable energy, with a total prize of US$2.5 million.

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Event: Caribbean Regional Writeshop to Support Developing Country Publications on Adaptation to Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the University of the West Indies are calling for applications from young scholars, practitioners, policymakers and others from the Caribbean who are working in the field of climate change and disaster risk reduction to participate in a Writeshop. Through the Writeshop, participants are expected to produce a peer-review, publishable quality article and they will gain enhanced awareness of the process of writing papers for academic journals. These skills will allow their work to be eligible for incorporation into publications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other high-level scientific bodies and consequently inform policy making on key issues of risk and climate.  

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IDB Fund Invests in Renewable Energy in Chile [viewed]

IDB6 September 2011: The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will invest up to US$5 million in the Chilean Renovarum Renewable Energy Fund, a project that invests in low-carbon and climate-friendly technologies.

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