Latin America and the Caribbean

ECLAC, IDB, CAF Launch Infrastructure Database [viewed]

eclac_caf_idb30 August 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) have jointly launched an online database offering data on infrastructure investments made in Latin America. The database is meant to serve as an instrument for the analysis and development of quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, as called for in Sustainable Development Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure).

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World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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UNEP Urges Addressing Growing Water Pollution [viewed]

UNEP30 August 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report that recommends treating wastewater to address increasing water pollution in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The report stresses the role of good water quality in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), observing that pollution of surface waters places populations at risk of contracting life-threatening diseases, damages food systems, harms economies and contributes to inequalities in access to water.

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APEC Senior Officials Discuss Actions Addressing Illegal Timber, Environmental Crime [viewed]

apec21 August 2016: Senior officials and technical experts from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies discussed policy measures to address illegal logging, fishing, land development and mining at APEC's Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM). Participants called for increased cooperation to ensure environmental sustainability and agreed on a timber legality guidance template.

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Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot [viewed]

mitigation_update17 August 2016: Recent weeks have brought news about our energy system as it grows and changes. A report on integrating solar and wind into the grid calls for taking whole system value into account. Kenya's counties are preparing and planning for sustainable energy systems, and solutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are being highlighted. This Update also includes news on two approaches to mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) – through emissions trading in Mexico and peatlands in Mongolia.

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LAC Advances Negotiations on Principle 10 Regional Instrument [viewed]

ECLAC15 August 2016: Latin American and Caribbean countries held the fourth negotiating session on a regional agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development). The negotiating committee considered a revised draft text (LC/L.4059/Rev.2) that addresses substantive aspects of the agreement and reflects countries' earlier proposals.

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IPBES Announces Co-Chairs for Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

ipbes15 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the Co-Chairs of the 'Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.' The Assessment will be led by Sandra Díaz, National University of Córdoba and National Research Council of Argentina; Eduardo S. Brondízio, Indiana University, U.S.; and Josef Settele, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Focuses on Education Needs [viewed]

un_pfii_unesco_undp_wipo_cbd_unwomen9 August 2016: On the 2016 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, UN leaders called for improving indigenous children's access to education, emphasizing the need for textbooks and instruction to be available in minority languages, and for cultural identity to be respected. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) enshrines the right of indigenous peoples to education: Article 14 states that indigenous peoples have “the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions…in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning."

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CGIAR FTA Research Program Highlights 2015 Achievements in Annual Report [viewed]

landscapesandlivelihoodsAugust 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) confirm the importance of the integrated approach used by the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), the six FTA partners state in their 2015 annual report. The publication, titled ‘Landscapes Livelihoods Governance,' reflects on FTA achievements related to: livelihood systems; management and conservation of forest and tree resources; climate change adaptation and mitigation; and global governance, trade and investment, among other areas of work.

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Strategic Alignment Group Maps UNGA Agenda with SDG Targets [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial21 July 2016: A group of five Permanent Representatives has issued a "mapping assessment" for reducing overlap between the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and enhancing their synergy and coherence. Their report, submitted to UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft, assesses how the targets of each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) are substantively addressed by the UNGA's agenda, the agendas of the UNGA Committees, and the agendas of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Commissions.

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