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Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean News / 20 September 2016
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Why Legal Timber Matters
Robert Simpson, Manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Why Legal Timber Matters
by Robert Simpson, Manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Have_you_ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where its wood came from? Or asked whose job it was to cut the logs that became your new bookcase? Whose trees were used to produce that pencil you're chewing on? continued...
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Member States Open Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Adopt New York Declaration
Read More: Member States Open Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Adopt New York Declaration
19_September 2016: UN Member States have adopted the 'New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants,' committing to: protecting the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status, ensuring that all refugee and migrant children begin receiving education within a few months of arrival; preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence; supporting those countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants; and starting negotiations leading to an international conference in 2018, which will culminate with the adoption of two global compacts on refugees and migrants. continued...
New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement
Read More: New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement
19_September 2016: The Federated States of Micronesia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 15 September. Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN on 19 September 2016. In addition, Brazil, Panama and Mexico have recently completed their domestic processes for ratification and the deposit of their instruments is imminent. These additions will bring to 32 the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, with further announcements expected on 21 September during a special event convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for that purpose at UN Headquarters. continued...
UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste
Read More: UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste
September_2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a toolkit, titled ‘Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers,' which describes legislation used by countries to address marine litter. The toolkit recommends reducing the overall production of marine litter through a circular economy approach that prevents the generation of waste products. continued...
2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support
Read More: 2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support
16_September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean. continued...
Latin America Conference Takes Stock of Statistics for 2030 Agenda
Read More: Latin America Conference Takes Stock of Statistics for 2030 Agenda
16_September 2016: A Latin America regional conference on official statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development took stock of international, regional, sub-regional and national initiatives to integrate and modernize statistical systems, and shape the 2030 Agenda within a Latin American context. Participants also considered how the region can implement a sustainable economy, including within the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change. continued...
Rotterdam CRC-12 Approves Guidance on Carbofuran, Carbosulfan
Read More: Rotterdam CRC-12 Approves Guidance on Carbofuran, Carbosulfan
16_September 2016: The 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade adopted decisions on draft guidance documents (DGDs) for two chemicals, a notification of final regulatory action on another, and the proposal for a new Rotterdam Convention listing of a severely hazardous pesticide formulation (SHPF). continued...
Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III
Read More: Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III
10_September 2016: A draft outcome document for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was agreed during informal negotiations that took place from 7-10 September 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. The document, titled "New Urban Agenda," is expected to be formally adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. continued...
Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS
Read More: Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS
13_September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions. continued...
OHRLLS Reports LDCs' Progress Towards Graduation
Read More: OHRLLS Reports LDCs' Progress Towards Graduation
13_September 2016: The UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) released its 2016 report on the ‘State of Least Developed Countries' (LDCs), highlighting that at least ten countries are currently in the progress of graduating from LDC status. Titled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' the 2016 report takes on the special theme of 'Coherence and Synergies between the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda.' continued...
Brazil, Panama Ratify Paris Agreement
Read More: Brazil, Panama Ratify Paris Agreement
12_September 2016: Brazil and Panama both completed their domestic processes for ratification of the Paris Agreement on 12 September. These latest ratifications bring the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 29. continued...
UNDP Recommends Focus on Multidimensional Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Caribbean
Read More: UNDP Recommends Focus on Multidimensional Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Caribbean
12_September 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its Human Development Report (HDR) for the Caribbean, recommending that countries adopt a new generation of public policies to increase economic, social and environmental gains, boost climate and finance resilience and protect people, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report finds that the high debt of Caribbean countries' and their middle-income country (MIC) status hinders their ability to access finance for sustainable development, which limits the region's potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA
Read More: UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA
August_2016: In a report released ahead of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General provided an update on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) for the decade 2014-2024. Also transmitted to the UNGA was a draft Charter for the Technology Bank for the least developed countries (LDCs), outlining operational details of the Bank. continued...
UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office
Read More: UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office
13_September 2016: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held its closing plenary, adopting a consensus resolution to improve the transparency and accountability of the Office of the UNGA President. UNGA 71 then opened with the incoming President, Peter Thomson of Fiji, becoming the first in UN history to take an Oath of Office. continued...
UN Highlights Rising South-South FDI Flows, Partnership Incubator
Read More: UN Highlights Rising South-South FDI Flows, Partnership Incubator
12_September 2016: Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows among countries of the global South is on the rise, despite the ongoing volatility of global financial markets, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. Ban also highlighted the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator, a project facility launched by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Office of the Secretary-General, which aims to support cooperation for climate action by developing countries. continued...
FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2
Read More: FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2
7_September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement to boost the capacity of developing countries to track agricultural data and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FAO-led project aims to design and implement agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS), a cost-effective approach to collecting agricultural data in developing countries. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Fourth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 19 Sep - 23 Sep
Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12) Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Sep - 23 Sep
Climate Week NYC New York City, US 19 Sep - 25 Sep
Leaders' Summit on Refugees New York City, US 20 Sep
71st General Debate of UN General Assembly New York City, US 20 Sep - 30 Sep
Second Annual Solutions Summit New York City, US 21 Sep
UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force New York City, US 21 Sep
Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development New York City, US 22 Sep
Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22) New York City, US 22 Sep
UNGA High-Level Segment on the Right to Development New York City, US 22 Sep
Regionalism and the 2030 Agenda New York City, US 23 Sep
SDGs Coming to Life: Envisioning a Common and Resilient Future New York City, US 23 Sep
CITES CoP17 Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 24 Sep - 5 Oct
Fifth LEDS LAC Regional Workshop Panama City, Panama 26 Sep - 28 Sep
Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights Indonesia 27 Sep - 30 Sep
 
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