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Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho, Lead Energy Specialist, Energy Division, Inter-American Development Bank, and Alice Driver, Consultant for Sustainable Energy for All Americas - Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho, Lead Energy Specialist, Energy Division, Inter-American Development Bank, and Alice Driver, Consultant for Sustainable Energy for All Americas

The_United Nations Initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. These goals both work to combat climate change and provide an improved standard of living and greater opportunities for citizens. continued...
UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves
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29_September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them. continued...
UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Change, Renewable Energy, SLM
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29_September 2014: As the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014 entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the challenges of climate change. Delegates addressed climate change impacts, climate financing and the role of renewable energy and climate smart agriculture (CSA) in tackling climate change. continued...
UNGA General Debate 2014 Continues Focus on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS
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29_September 2014: As the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and outline their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including gender equality and women's empowerment, peace and security, and oceans. Small island developing States (SIDS) and landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) highlighted particular challenges and vulnerabilities, with some also addressing the challenge of graduation from least developed country (LDC) status. continued...
Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials
Read More: Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials
26_September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion. continued...
Meetings of the CBD and its Protocols Open in Pyeongchang
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29_September 2014: The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 7) has opened in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea. It will be followed by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), which will run from 6-17 October 2014, also in Pyeongchang, and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) (NP COP/MOP 1), which will be held during the second week of CBD COP 12, from 13-17 October 2014. continued...
UN General Debate Continues Addressing Post-2015 Agenda on Day 4
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27_September 2014: At the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, Heads of State and Government continued their discussion of the post-2015 development agenda alongside consideration of a range of other issues. continued...
UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Agreement, Financing, SIDS
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27_September 2014: During days three and four of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, many speakers addressed climate change. Speakers focused on international and national action, including transitions to renewable energy, and financing. Small island developing States (SIDS) particularly urged action, emphasizing they are already experiencing adverse effects on food and water security, biodiversity and oceans. continued...
69th General Debate Addresses Post-2015, Countries in Special Situations
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26_September 2014: Speaking at the 69th UN General Assembly's (UNGA) General Debate, on its third day, Heads of State and Government continued highlighting their priorities for the post-2015 development agenda, including on countries in special situations. Speakers also discussed global challenges such as security, terrorism, UN reform, climate change and sustainable energy. continued...
ITTO Annual Report 2013 Welcomes New Members
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26_September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Annual Report for 2013 highlighting the addition of three new members, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006. continued...
World Bank Identifies Clean-Tech Market Opportunities for SMEs
Read More: World Bank Identifies Clean-Tech Market Opportunities for SMEs
24_September 2014: The World Bank Group has released a report, titled ‘Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries,' which quantifies opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to generate profits and create jobs, while providing solutions to climate challenges. continued...
Minamata Special High-Level Event Concludes with Five New Parties
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24_September 2014: The Minamata Convention on Mercury gained five new parties on 24 September 2014, as Djibouti, Gabon, Guyana, Monaco and Uruguay deposited instruments of ratification at a Special High-Level event at UN Headquarters, New York. The event sought to facilitate the Convention's rapid entry into force. continued...
UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses
Read More: UNU Spotlights Climate Change-related Productivity Losses
23_September 2014: An article published by the UN University (UNU) argues that the economic case for climate action is further strengthened by heat-related labor productivity losses resulting from climate change, which amount to billions of US dollars. While the physiological limits of human beings exposed to heat when working have long been studied in public health science, scientists and economists have only recently begun paying attention to their links to climate change, according to environmental and occupational health scientist Tord Kjellstrom. continued...
UNGA General Debate Reflects on Climate Summit, Future Action
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25_September 2015: The 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for the second day of its general debate. Many speakers addressed climate change, reflecting on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit and highlighting areas for future action. continued...
69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues
Read More: 69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues
25_September 2015: During the second day of the general debate for the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), speakers focused on the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, as well as issues related to international security and UN reform. Several speakers identified development enablers, with many emphasizing that sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security. continued...
UNIDO, UN Global Compact Launch Report of Post-2015 Dialogue
Read More: UNIDO, UN Global Compact Launch Report of Post-2015 Dialogue
24_September 2014: The UN Global Compact and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) held a high-level briefing and panel discussion to launch the synthesis report from global consultations on engaging the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda. The event took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 24 September 2014, as part of the 69th UN General Assembly's high-level week. continued...
GEF, World Bank Partner to Manage Migratory Fish Stocks in Coastal Areas, ABNJ
Read More: GEF, World Bank Partner to Manage Migratory Fish Stocks in Coastal Areas, ABNJ
24_September 2014: The World Bank, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), approved a project to improve the management of migratory fish stocks in coastal areas and areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) in four marine regions. The US$10 million project aims to maintain the economic benefits of sustainable fisheries and biodiversity conservation in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean; Bay of Bengal; Western and Central Pacific; and the Eastern Pacific regions. continued...
UNFPA Tool Identifies Climate Vulnerable Populations and Areas
Read More: UNFPA Tool Identifies Climate Vulnerable Populations and Areas
24_September 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed a tool, called ‘Demographic Exploration for Climate Adaptation' (DECA), which allows experts, policymakers and community members to identify where vulnerable people are located and what conditions contribute to their vulnerabilities. continued...
Djibouti, Peru Accept Doha Amendment
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24_September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Governments of Djibouti and Peru have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This brings the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 17. continued...
FAO Seeks to Strengthen SFM Criteria and Indicators
Read More: FAO Seeks to Strengthen SFM Criteria and Indicators
September_2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a project to develop and harmonize criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM). The project will focus, in particular, on developing socio-economic and governance indicators. continued...
ITTO Update Discusses Role of Forests in Livelihoods
Read More: ITTO Update Discusses Role of Forests in Livelihoods
September_2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released a 'Tropical Forest Update' focusing on the role of forests in livelihoods. The update features a discussion on how communities can earn more from forests through the sustainable use of different revenue streams, including timber and non-timber forest products. The update also reviews the socio-economic benefits of forests, building on the 'State of the World's Forest' report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). continued...
UN Climate Summit Catalyzes Action
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23_September 2014: Climate Summit 2014 has concluded with countries committing to domestic action on climate change and pledging a total of US$2.3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). continued...
69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change
Read More: 69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change
24_September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola. continued...
World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights
Read More: World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights
23_September 2014: Delegates at the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) adopted an outcome document calling for the appointment of a high-level UN official on indigenous peoples, and for UN system-wide coherence of efforts to bring about the full realization of indigenous peoples' rights. The conference outcome urges all concerned to address the needs of indigenous women, youth, persons with disabilities, and older people. continued...
Mexico, Singapore Accept Doha Amendment
Read More: Mexico, Singapore Accept Doha Amendment
23_September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat reported that Mexico and Singapore have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 15. continued...
UN-REDD Evaluates REDD+ Benefits in Panama
Read More: UN-REDD Evaluates REDD+ Benefits in Panama
23_September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) conducted an assessment on 'The Potential Economic Values of the Multiple Benefits from REDD+ in Panama.' The assessment considers the value of non-timber forest products (NTFP), the preservation of genetic resources, recreational benefits, hydrological ecosystem services, erosion control, pollination and climate regulation. continued...
UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing
Read More: UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing
23_September 2014: The 2014 UN Private Sector Forum, held as part of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, brought together approximately 400 global business, government and civil society leaders. During the event, a list of 31 ‘Carbon Pricing Champions' was announced and 11 ‘Corporate Commitments to Climate and Energy' were presented. continued...
New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030
Read More: New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030
23_September 2014: The 'New York Declaration on Forests', as announced at the Climate Summit 2014, pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, halt the loss of natural forests by 2030, and restore 350 million hectares of degraded areas. Twenty-seven developed and developing countries, 34 companies, 16 indigenous peoples' organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have endorsed the Declaration. continued...
ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean
Read More: ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean
22_September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
Global Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development virtual 22 Sep - 6 Oct
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 29 Sep - 3 Oct
IV EUROCLIMA Seminar Lima, Peru 1 Oct - 3 Oct
Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2014 Miami, FL, US 6 Oct - 8 Oct
CBD COP 12 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 6 Oct - 17 Oct
Steering Committee Meeting of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Managua, Nicaragua 7 Oct - 10 Oct
Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 8 Oct - 10 Oct
Third Workshop of the LEDS-LAC Regional Platform Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile 8 Oct - 10 Oct
Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 10 Oct
2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF Washington D.C., US 10 Oct - 12 Oct
Cities Biodiversity Summit Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 12 Oct - 14 Oct
Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 13 Oct - 17 Oct
8th Meeting of the GCF Board Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados 15 Oct - 17 Oct
Launch of the Decade of SE4ALL Americas and Regional Meeting Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile 15 Oct - 17 Oct
 
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