Latin America and the Caribbean

Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

mexico_cbd22 April 2016: Mexico intends to highlight the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its role as the host of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the aim of facilitating the adoption of a ‘Cancun Declaration.' Mexico has prepared a non-paper outlining possible elements of the declaration.

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Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration [viewed]

eld_fao_unep_ittoApril 2016: Capacity development efforts by the Action Against Desertification (AAD) programme in West Africa, the first-ever nationwide assessment of contaminated soil in Serbia, a handbook for community restoration of degraded coastal dune ecosystems in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and cost-benefit analyses of sustainable soil fertility management practices in Kenya are among recently-announced initiatives to boost local monitoring of land degradation and desertification as well as community-level adaptation efforts.

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175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day [viewed]

iisdrs_paris_agreement22 April 2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement.

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IMO Approves Mandatory Fuel Consumption Data Collection for Ships [viewed]

imo_mandatoryfuelconsumption22 April 2016: In a step toward determining what possible climate change actions are needed from the international shipping sector, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved a mandatory system for collecting data on ships' fuel consumption. Ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or more will have to record and report their consumption for every type of fuel they use to their flag State at the end of the calendar year. The flag State will determine whether the reporting meets requirements, issue a Statement of Compliance to the ship and transfer the data to the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database.

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UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water [viewed]

wb_un21 April 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of ten Heads of State and Government and two Special Advisors to the High-Level Panel on Water, which was first announced in January 2016. The presidents of Mauritius and Mexico serve as Panel co-chairs, with the prime ministers of Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan and Netherlands, and the presidents of Hungary, Senegal, South Africa and Tajikistan also on the Panel.

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Fishackathon, FAO, WorldFish and Partners Address Challenges to Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

FAO - Fishackathon - World FishApril 2016: Over Earth Day weekend, from 22-24 April, coders and science enthusiasts are participating in the third annual Fishackathon, during which teams develop new applications and tools to promote sustainable fisheries and address fisheries challenges, ranging from data collection to facilitate cost effective fish stock assessments to ghost fishing. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has also been working to address ghost fishing during the month of April, including through a process to develop a set of international guidelines on the challenges. Other fisheries related developments during the month of April include progress on signatories to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and the creation of a locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Timor-Leste, a member of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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FAO and Google Advance Data Access for Sustainable Land and Forest Management [viewed]

fao_google15 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google have agreed that the initial focus of their three-year collaborative programme will be on building national capacity to undertake forest and food crop cover assessments. Launched in December 2015, the partnership aims to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, assist countries in tackling climate change, and build the capacity of national experts to contribute to sustainable development planning.

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Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

ministerial_forumApril 2016: In anticipation of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have agreed to promote actions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to implement regional and sub-regional plans to support implementation efforts. The region has also focused on efforts to promote forest restoration, with a CBD capacity-building workshop held in Bogotá, Colombia, and two publications supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) designed to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico.

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement [viewed]

oic15 April 2016: Heads of State and Government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the OIC's 13th Islamic Summit. In the Conference's Final Communiqué, participants supported actions to address climate change and implement the SDGs, among others.

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LAC Environment Ministers Agree to Cooperate on Climate Change, SDGs, Chemicals [viewed]

UNEP31 March 2016: At a regional forum held in preparation for the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), environment ministers from Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on arrangements for cooperation on climate, air quality, and chemicals and waste. They also called for fast, ambitious and integrated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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