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Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean News / 2 February 2016
January 2016 Climate Finance Update
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February_2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management. continued...
January 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update
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February_2016: During the month of January, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank released reports related to financing and deploying clean energy. continued...
RFBs Sign MOU to Advance Fisheries Management in Caribbean and North Brazil LME
Read More: RFBs Sign MOU to Advance Fisheries Management in Caribbean and North Brazil LME
29_January 2016: Three regional fisheries bodies (RFBs) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate improved regional coordination on sustainable fisheries management in the Western Central Atlantic Region. The MOU aims to facilitate, support and strengthen the RFBs' actions, including through the implementation of the 10-year Strategic Action Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Shared Living Marine Resources of the Caribbean and North Brazil Shelf Large Marine Ecosystems (CLME+SAP). continued...
Japan, CARICOM, UNDP Support Climate Change Efforts in the Caribbean
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28_January 2015: The Government of Japan, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a US$15 million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change in line with their long-term development strategies. continued...
UN Prepares 'Agenda for Humanity'
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25_January 2016: An 'Agenda for Humanity' will outline five core responsibilities of UN Member States, as part of a report being launched ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), said UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordination Stephen O'Brien in a briefing in New York. continued...
E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action
Read More: E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action
22_January 2016: The E15 Initiative, organized by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), released a series of papers on policy options for responding to critical global challenges, along with recommendations for reshaping the global trade and investment system. According to the Initiative, further work is needed to gain clarity on national actions that countries must take to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change. continued...
European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal
Read More: European Timber Trade Federation Launches ITTO-Supported Timber Trade Portal
14_January 2016: With support from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the European Timber Trade Federation has launched a one-stop, online information platform designed to enhance and facilitate legal trade in timber. The platform is focused primarily on tropical species. continued...
PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015
Read More: PROFOR Issues Update on Forest-Related Activities Funded in 2015
January_2016: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued an update on the activities it funded during 2015 across a wide range of countries, contexts and forest-related issues, including studies in Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Honduras and Lao PDR, a report on the political economy of decision-making in forestry, and a report on the principle of fair, prior and informed consent (FPIC). continued...
CELAC Countries Commit to Eradicating Hunger by 2025
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27_January 2016: The members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) approved a declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement the CELAC Plan for Food and Nutrition Security and the Eradication of Hunger 2025, and reiterating their request for support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). continued...
UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland
Read More: UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland
27_January 2016: The UN Environment Programme Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water) has opened a global Capacity Development Centre in Ireland, hosted by the University College Cork (UCC). The Centre will build capacity in developing countries for water quality monitoring and assessment, supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Irish Aid. continued...
WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño
Read More: WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño
22_January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts. continued...
IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling
Read More: IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling
21_January 2016: The January 2016 International Whaling Commission (IWC) Bulletin highlights IWC's efforts to address entanglement response and mass strandings, as well as to promote sustainable whalewatching in Indian Ocean rim countries. The Bulletin also provides an update on IWC's planned engagement with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2016. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Expert Group Meeting on Article 10 of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1 Feb - 3 Feb
16th Meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 2 Feb - 4 Feb
Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 2 Feb - 5 Feb
54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development New York City, US 3 Feb - 12 Feb
Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 11 Feb
Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations in Preparation for Mercury INC 7 Montevideo, Uruguay 9 Feb - 12 Feb
UNGA Special Thematic Event on IPoA Implementation New York City, US 11 Feb
Sixth Global Meeting of the Farmers' Forum Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 16 Feb
International Symposium on Agricultural Biotechnologies Rome, Lazio, Italy 15 Feb - 17 Feb
2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU San Jose, Costa Rica 15 Feb - 19 Feb
39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Feb - 18 Feb
Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia 22 Feb - 28 Feb
2016 GEF ECW for the Caribbean Constituency TBA 1 Mar - 4 Mar
World Wildlife Day 2016 worldwide 3 Mar
12th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund Songdo, Republic of Korea 7 Mar - 11 Mar
 
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