Latin America and the Caribbean

UN-REDD Programme Concludes 15th Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

unredd11 November 2015: Three new National Programmes were presented by Chile, Myanmar and Peru at the 15th meeting of the UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board, held from 9-10 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. Support for the 2016-2020 phase of the Programme was reaffirmed by its three collaborating UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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GCF Board Approves First Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new6 November 2015: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is set to fund its first projects after the Board approved eight proposals at its 11th meeting (GCFB 11). The approved funding, which is contingent on fulfillment of specified conditions for seven of the projects, totals US$168 million. At the meeting, the Board also adopted an initial monitoring and accountability framework for accredited entities, a process to develop a strategic plan, a decision on the readiness programme and an updated set of administrative guidelines on procurement.

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Second Committee Event Discusses Solutions to Water Scarcity, Drought [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial6 November 2015: On the margins of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), participants at a side event discussed possible solutions to water scarcity and drought, and ways to support the implementation of related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets.

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APEC Forest Ministers Stress SFM for Long-Term Sustainable Development [viewed]

apec28 October 2015: At their meeting held from 27-29 October 2015, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Ministers Responsible for Forestry of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) endorsed the Eda Statement, which highlights the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) in achieving long-term sustainable socioeconomic development in the region.

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ITTO Publishes Tropical Forest Update and Newsletter on CITES Tropical Tree Listings [viewed]

IttoOctober 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published the latest issue of 'Tropical Forest Update,' which explores efforts to develop environmental product declarations for tropical timber as a way of providing credible data on their environmental performance and a fair basis for comparison between products performing similar functions. The Organization has also circulated the latest issue of the quarterly newsletter reporting on activities under the second phase of the ITTO-Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Program for Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Tree Species, covering a summary of program activities until August 2015.

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FCPF Carbon Fund Thirteenth Meeting Selects Seven ER-PINs [viewed]

Forest Carbon21 October 2015: Held from 13-16 October 2015 in Brussels, Belgium, the 13th meeting of the Carbon Fund, organized under the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), approved seven Emission Reductions Program Idea Notes (ER-PINs) for potential selection into the Carbon Fund pipeline.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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OHRLLS Event Addresses Resilience Building for Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

UNOHRLLS30 October 2015: Participants discussed how to enhance disaster mitigation and resilience building for the least developed countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), during a side event of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), organized by the UN Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (OHRLLS).

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18th RRI Dialogue Focuses on Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance [viewed]

RRI-logo29 October 2015: Focusing on the theme 'Status of Community Land Rights and the Role of Climate Finance on the Eve of the Paris Agreement,' the Rights and Resources Initiative's (RRI) 18th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change explored the implications of key 2015 developments in climate change policy and financing for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities. It highlighted that the challenge is how to ensure strong links between climate financing mechanisms and efforts to secure rights to lands, territories and resources.

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ILC Representatives Call for Disaggregated Data, Indigenous-Specific Indicators [viewed]

Unpfii223 October 2015: Indigenous peoples' representatives called for disaggregated data and indigenous-specific indicators to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the UN's two-day expert group meeting on indigenous peoples and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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