Latin America and the Caribbean

Alicia Bárcena Named IRP Co-Chair [viewed]

irp8 June 2016: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was appointed co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), a body of natural resource scientists and experts hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Bárcena will co-chair the panel with Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for the Environment and IRP co-chair since 2014.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs [viewed]

g20-20163 June 2016: Agriculture Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving global food security, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting under the theme, 'Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development,' the G20 Agriculture Ministers adopted a Communiqué through which they agree to promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable natural resource use.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Global Green Growth Forum Showcases Sustainable Energy, Private Sector Partnerships [viewed]

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF)7 June 2016: The 2016 Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) showcased a range of “solutions” for promoting sustainability and encouraging private sector investments in sustainable development, highlighting initiatives related to sustainable energy, water management, climate-smart cities and others aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNEP Report Examines Marine Litter in Caribbean Region [viewed]

cep71June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report, titled ‘Regional Action Plan for Marine Litter (RAPMaLi) for the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) 2014,' in concert with World Oceans Day. The RAPMaLi aims to provide a comprehensive toolkit to assist small island developing States (SIDS) to incorporate waste management across all sectors.

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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FAO, EU Promote Voluntary Guidelines to Enhance Peacebuilding in Colombia [viewed]

fao_eu26 May 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Union (EU) are supporting a three-year project that will support responsible land tenure principles to secure the rights of indigenous communities and contribute to biodiversity conservation and peacebuilding in Colombia.

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ELD Study Analyzes Links Between Land Degradation and Poverty [viewed]

eld23 May 2016: The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has published the results of a global study, titled ‘Does Land Degradation Increase Poverty in Developing Countries?' The study describes the distribution of rural populations on degrading agricultural land as an “overwhelmingly developing country problem,” and concludes that the associated spatial distributions of rural populations could impact significantly on future poverty reduction efforts.

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May 2016 Climate Finance Update: Calls for Adaptation Funding, Attention to Climate Risk [viewed]

may2016_climate_finance31 May 2016: A number of international meetings that convened in May 2016 included a focus on climate finance. Carbon pricing continued to receive attention, alongside climate change planning and financing in Africa. Calls were also made to pay increased attention to the growing 'adaptation finance gap,' and climate and disaster risks, including in investments. A number of resilience projects received funding, and development banks and climate funds organized readiness workshops.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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