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Latest News - 16 December 2014
MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015
Read More: MY World Report Highlights People's Priorities for Post-2015
15_December 2014: Citizens around the world want a good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities, according to a report summarizing the MY World survey, the largest survey ever conducted by the UN. The report, titled ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices,' presents respondents' selections of six out of 16 priorities for a better life. continued...
LAC Countries Exchange REDD+ Experiences
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12_December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the outcomes from a South-South exchange on developing REDD+ strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The exchange allowed for countries in the region to learn and share experiences, and to develop specific actions to further national REDD+ readiness processes. continued...
ECLAC: Reducing Carbon Footprints Can Increase Competitiveness
Read More: ECLAC: Reducing Carbon Footprints Can Increase Competitiveness
11_December 2014: Measuring and reducing the carbon footprints of production processes in Latin America and the Caribbean could improve the insertion in global trade of countries in the region, according to a side event hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at the Lima Climate Change Conference. continued...
ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC
Read More: ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC
10_December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. continued...
ECLAC, IDB, Peru Study the Economics of Climate Change in Peru
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10_December 2014: A joint study by the Peruvian Government, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) predicts that the fishing, agriculture and livestock in the high Andes sectors will be the most affected by climate change in Peru in the coming years. continued...
Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation
Read More: Forum Promotes Climate Action through South-South Cooperation
8_December 2014: The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum, held in parallel to the Lima Climate Change Conference, established the basic value proposition and importance of South-South cooperation, identified its enablers and constraints, and outlined options and mechanisms for promoting it. Through discussions with practitioners, policymakers and academics, the Forum contributed to integrating South-South cooperation into negotiations on the post-2015 climate change agreement. continued...
Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris
Read More: Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris
14_December 2014: The Lima Climate Change Conference concluded with the Lima Call for Climate Action, which lays the groundwork for a 2015 climate agreement in Paris, including rules on how countries can submit intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) during the first quarter of 2015. continued...
COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal
Read More: COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal
11_December 2014: The Government of Peru has launched the Non-state Actor Zone for Climate Action (Nazca) Climate Action Portal to increase the visibility of climate actions being undertaken by cities, regions, companies and investors. The portal was developed with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat and launched on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. continued...
IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook
Read More: IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook
December_2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released the second edition of the 'IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs),' which guides policy makers and NAMA developers as they seek to use NAMAs to deploy renewable energy and mitigate climate change. The guidance offered is supported by case studies from Tunisia, Chile and Mexico. continued...
Peru, Colombia, Austria Bring GCF Pledges Near US$10.2 Billion
Read More: Peru, Colombia, Austria Bring GCF Pledges Near US$10.2 Billion
11_December 2014: Peru, Colombia and Austria announced pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) during the Lima Climate Change Conference. The contributions bring the total pledged close to US$10.2 billion equivalent from 27 countries. continued...
Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change
Read More: Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change
10_December 2014: Bioversity International has announced the receipt of a US$1 million grant by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID to crowdsource crop improvement to combat climate change for smallholder farmers in Central America. continued...
IDDRI Roundtables Consider Latin American Views on Post-2015 Agreement
Read More: IDDRI Roundtables Consider Latin American Views on Post-2015 Agreement
10_December 2014: Latin American and Caribbean policy makers and representatives from think tanks gathered for two roundtables organized by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). The roundtables convened as part of the side event 'Latin America and Caribbean Think Tanks' Views on the Road to Paris 2015,' which took place at the Lima Climate Change Conference. continued...
ECLAC Updates Study on Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Read More: ECLAC Updates Study on Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean
5_December 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published an update of its study ‘The Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' which provides an overview of expected climate impacts in the region, as well as subregional and national figures. The report explains that, while growth in the region has led to improved economic and social conditions, it has had negative impacts on the environment, economy and society as a whole, including through more air pollution in urban areas and a deterioration of natural assets, such as water resources and forests. continued...
GWF Study in Chile Links Negotiation Process to Water Rights Prices
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2_December 2014: In an effort to better understand water rights prices, the Global Water Forum (GWF) featured an article from Chile exploring the influence of market and non-market drivers of price. continued...
ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants
Read More: ITPGR Holds Regional Workshops for Benefit-Sharing Fund Project Applicants
December_2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) organized a series of regional workshops for those preparing to submit full proposals to be funded under the third cycle of the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. continued...
WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy
Read More: WESP 2015 Highlights Risks and Uncertainties in Global Economy
10_December 2014: Global economic growth is predicted to increase by just over three percent over the next two years, according to the UN's latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) report. In 2014, the report explains, global expansion preceded at a moderate, uneven pace, due in part to legacies from the global financial crisis, geopolitical conflicts and the Ebola epidemic. The report recommends strengthening international policy coordination and aligning global macroeconomic policies to reduce risks, create productive jobs and maintain long-term economic and financial stability. continued...
COP 20 Event Highlights MAPS Experience in Latin America
Read More: COP 20 Event Highlights MAPS Experience in Latin America
9_December 2014: On the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Government of Switzerland organized an event on the experiences of the four Latin American countries participating in the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) South-South collaboration. 'Innovation in the Development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs): The MAPS Experience,' highlighted the experiences of Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru and emphasized the role of research in guiding decision making. continued...
World Bank and GEF Partner with Colombia for Forest Conservation
Read More: World Bank and GEF Partner with Colombia for Forest Conservation
9_December 2014: The World Bank announced the approval of a Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project to support improved forest governance and sustainable land management in Colombia. continued...
Ecuador Preparing National Communication, BUR to UNFCCC
Read More: Ecuador Preparing National Communication, BUR to UNFCCC
10_December 2014: Ecuador is preparing its second national communication and its first biennial update report (BUR) to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC, which will update and enhance information on its national circumstances, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, climate change mitigation, vulnerability to climate change and steps taken to adapt to climate change. continued...
Five Countries Submit Forest Data to UNFCCC
Read More: Five Countries Submit Forest Data to UNFCCC
8_December 2014: On the occasion of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico submitted their national data on forest sector emission reductions. continued...
IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign
Read More: IFAD Launches Recipes for Change Campaign
8_December 2014: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a campaign ‘Recipes for Change' to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change on food crops and traditional recipes, particularly in developing countries, and how small-scale farmers can adapt. A series of Recipes for Change online videos will share recipes from rural communities, being prepared in the homes of rural families and using local ingredients that are threatened by climate change. continued...
Countries Present REDD+ Reference Emission Levels to COP 20 President
Read More: Countries Present REDD+ Reference Emission Levels to COP 20 President
8_December 2014: On the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Government of Peru organized an event which gave parties an opportunity to submit REDD+ forest reference emission levels (RELs) and/or forest reference levels (RLs) to the President of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, and the UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary, Richard Kinley. continued...
KfW Launches Geothermal Facility for Latin America at COP 20
Read More: KfW Launches Geothermal Facility for Latin America at COP 20
8_December 2014: KfW Development Bank launched the Geothermal Development Facility (GDF) for Latin America on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference. The GDF, the first multi-donor climate initiative to promote geothermal resources on a continental scale, will provide at least US$75 million in grant-based risk mitigation instruments and US$1 billion in financing to geothermal projects in 10 Latin American countries. continued...
Peruvian Environment Ministry and ICRAF Sign MoU
Read More: Peruvian Environment Ministry and ICRAF Sign MoU
7_December 2014: The Peruvian Environment Ministry, represented by Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vida, and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), represented by Director-General Anthony Simons, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for inter-institutional cooperation. The MoU: builds on existing collaboration between the two institutions on themes such as land-use planning for low-carbon development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation; and is expected to spur an intensification of work in such areas as the detection and rehabilitation of degraded land. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 15 Dec - 17 Dec
Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) New York City, US 12 Jan - 16 Jan
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 12 Jan - 17 Jan
2015 Zaragoza Conference Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain 15 Jan - 17 Jan
CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture' Rome, Lazio, Italy 17 Jan
Fifth Session of the IRENA Assembly Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 Jan - 18 Jan
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - First Session New York City, US 19 Jan - 21 Jan
15th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Jan - 23 Jan
Ninth Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine BBNJ New York City, US 20 Jan - 23 Jan
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
Global Atlas Training Session: Latin America Lima, Peru 2 Feb
Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 3-1) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 13 Feb
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session New York City, US 17 Feb - 20 Feb
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America Lima, Peru 23 Feb - 27 Feb
IPCC 41 Nairobi, Kenya 24 Feb - 27 Feb
 
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