Latin America and the Caribbean

COFI Opens, FAO Releases State of World Fisheries Report and Celebrates PSMA Entry into Force [viewed]

fao_headquarters11 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) commenced in Rome, Italy, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva noting that the entry into force of FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (PSMA) “marks the dawn of a new era in the effort to combat illegal fishing.”

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Regional Organizations Agree on Fisheries Management Actions [viewed]

iotc.wecafc11 July 2016: Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and regional fisheries commissions have taken steps to promote fisheries management and conservation in their regions. Actions include a decision by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to implement a precautionary approach towards skipjack tuna and an agreement by the Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC) to launch a process to establish a RFMO.

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IASS-led Events Highlight Need for Integrated, Inclusive Thematic Reviews [viewed]

iass_fmfa_fnr11 July 2016: Two events organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners discussed “why” and “how” thematic reviews should be conducted, to ensure they can support the integrated and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During a two-day high-level event and a subsequent side event to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF), participants developed key messages and recommendations to support the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review process.

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June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates [viewed]

june20165 July 2016: This issue of the Climate Finance Update features recent global and regional news on climate finance activities by a variety of intergovernmental actors. Several climate funds met in June to make decisions on strategy and funding. A number of disaster recovery and resilience projects received funding in Asia and Africa. The World Bank highlighted developments in carbon pricing, and some concrete measures were taken to increase the engagement of non-state actors in climate financing.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Event: Central and South America and the Caribbean/Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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FAO Report Assesses Impacts of Drought on Food Security in the Caribbean [viewed]

fao_headquarters22 June 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report titled, ‘Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean,' which estimates that between 1970 and 2000, the Caribbean region suffered direct and indirect losses of between US$700 million and US$3.3 billion due to natural disasters associated with weather and climate events.

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10x20 Steering Committee Discusses Support for SDG Target 14.5 [viewed]

10x20initiative20 June 2016: The Steering Committee of the 10x20 Initiative met to discuss concrete initiatives and next steps in support of the Initiative, which aims to promote the achievement of target 14.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls to, "By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information."

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CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management [viewed]

CIF20 June 2016: The governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met to make decisions on the Funds' future strategy. The meetings attracted the participation of over 150 experts from approximately 50 developing and donor countries, as well as international organizations and civil society. Following the official opening of the governing body meetings, on 12 June, the joint Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees met on 15 June. This meeting was followed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee Meeting on 16 June.

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Oslo REDD Exchange Discusses Implementation, Cross-Cutting Themes [viewed]

NORAD16 June 2016: The Oslo REDD Exchange 2016 shared ideas, experiences and perspectives among professionals and leaders working on reducing deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). Discussions focused on REDD+ implementation at national and subnational levels in light of the Paris Agreement, and cross-cutting themes, including on financing options, corporate supply chain commitments, indigenous peoples and monitoring technologies.

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