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Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean News / 27 May 2015
ILC Reflects on Experience Since 2011 Adoption of Tirana Declaration
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22_May_2015: ‘From Tirana to Dakar: A Report (2011-2015)' highlights the achievements of the International Land Coalition (ILC) in the five years between the adoption of the Tirana Declaration in 2011 and the 2015 Land Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It notes that, while global understanding of land rights and land governance are "closer to the vision of our members,” more needs to be done to turn this vision into reality. continued...
International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
Read More: International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development
22_May_2015: The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US. continued...
UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction
Read More: UNDP, UNEP Support Environment and Climate Mainstreaming for Poverty Reduction
May_2015:_The UN Development Programme (UNDP) – UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published the second edition of a report, titled 'Mainstreaming environment and climate for poverty reduction and sustainable development: A handbook to strengthen planning and budgeting processes,' which supports the integration and implementation of pro-poor, environmental sustainability objectives into national, subnational and sectoral development policies, plans and budgets to contribute to poverty alleviation and an inclusive, green economy. continued...
Governments Debate Follow-up for Post-2015 Development, Set Themes for Summit Dialogues
Read More: Governments Debate Follow-up for Post-2015 Development, Set Themes for Summit Dialogues
22_May_2015: UN Member States discussed the follow-up and review of the post-2015 development agenda during the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the agenda. The fifth session represented the last of the “scripted” sessions outlined in the UN General Assembly (UNGA) mandate for negotiations. continued...
SE4ALL Ministerial Dialogue Hears Commitments from Over 100 Countries
Read More: SE4ALL Ministerial Dialogue Hears Commitments from Over 100 Countries
21_May_2015: Opening the final day of the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, a part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, SE4ALL CEO Kandeh Yumkella urged participants to make commitments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy. The day was largely dedicated to announcements of leadership commitments and actions towards the SE4ALL objectives, with over 80 representatives from governments, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organizations outlining their efforts. continued...
Subnational Governments Sign Under2 MOU
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20_May_2015: A group of 12 subnational governments, representing more than US$4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, have signed the ‘Under2 MOU,' a commitment to take leadership on climate action at the relevant levels of jurisdiction. The 12 signatories include: California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, in the US; Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California and Jalisco in Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada; and Wales, UK. continued...
UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development
Read More: UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development
May_2015:_The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth. continued...
ITU Outlines State of e-waste Management in Latin America
Read More: ITU Outlines State of e-waste Management in Latin America
19_May_2015: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released a report outlining the state of e-waste management in Latin America. The report is the result of a study undertaken by ITU, in collaboration with other international and regional organizations, and offers guidance to the region regarding steps to be taken towards environmentally sustainable e-waste management. continued...
LAC Negotiators Prepare for Paris
Read More: LAC Negotiators Prepare for Paris
19_May_2015: Senior officials and negotiators from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries gathered for a meeting, titled ‘4th Meeting of Chief Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean,' to discuss the content of a climate change agreement, which is expected to be adopted during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015. continued...
CBD Secretariat Calls for Views on Global Multilateral Benefit-Sharing Mechanism and Compliance under Nagoya Protocol
Read More: CBD Secretariat Calls for Views on Global Multilateral Benefit-Sharing Mechanism and Compliance under Nagoya Protocol
5_May_2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has called for the submission of views on two items addressed under the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS): the need for and modalities of a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism, and compliance. continued...
UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF
Read More: UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF
15_May_2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals. continued...
CBD Secretariat and Republic of Korea Sign Bio-Bridge Initiative Funding Agreement
Read More: CBD Secretariat and Republic of Korea Sign Bio-Bridge Initiative Funding Agreement
19_May_2015: The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a funding agreement for the implementation of the 2015-2020 Bio-Bridge Initiative, which aims to promote technical and scientific cooperation and support for the achievement of CBD goals and targets. continued...
World Bank Introduces RISE Tool at SE4ALL Forum
Read More: World Bank Introduces RISE Tool at SE4ALL Forum
18_May_2015: Presenting at a parallel session on finance at the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, the World Bank described an indicator-based tool that it has developed to increase investment in economically and environmentally sustainable energy. The tool, dubbed 'Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE),' is being piloted in 17 countries and will eventually be rolled out in more than 100 countries. continued...
Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean
Read More: Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean
18_May_2015: The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) discussed the outcome of the GOC report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015. continued...
Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species
Read More: Bioversity, IFAD, EU Step-up Work on Neglected and Underutilized Species
May_2015:_Bioversity International has launched an initiative to enhance the use of neglected and underutilized crop species (NUS) to manage risks and empower the poor in three target countries. Among other objectives, the initiative will build the capacity of farmers, researchers and government actors to integrate nutrition, resilience and income considerations in the development of more sustainable farm and livelihood systems. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
IWC Scientific Committee Meeting San Diego, CA, US 19 May - 3 Jun
17th Session of the WMO Congress Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 25 May - 12 Jun
Intersessional Consultations for FfD3 New York City, US 26 May - 29 May
48th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations Washington D.C., US 1 Jun
WAVES 5th Annual Partnership Meeting Washington D.C., US 1 Jun - 2 Jun
2015 Environmental Emergencies Forum Oslo, Norway 1 Jun - 3 Jun
Intersessional Consultations for FfD3 New York City, US 1 Jun - 5 Jun
Ramsar COP 12 Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay 1 Jun - 9 Jun
42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 1 Jun - 11 Jun
48th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 2 Jun - 4 Jun
Central America and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015) Havana, Ciudad De La Habana, Cuba 2 Jun - 5 Jun
18th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council Washington D.C., US 4 Jun
World Environment Day 2015 worldwide 5 Jun
39th Session of the FAO Conference Rome, Lazio, Italy 6 Jun - 13 Jun
World Oceans Day 2015 worldwide 8 Jun
 
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