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Latest News - 17 September 2014
SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition
Read More: SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition
16_September 2014: The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target, to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015, is within reach, according to 'The State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition.' SOFI 2014 cautions, however, that food security remains a challenge, and calls for sustained, high-level political commitment to food security and nutrition to eradicate hunger. continued...
LAC Officials Discuss Progress on Regional Instrument on Principle 10
Read More: LAC Officials Discuss Progress on Regional Instrument on Principle 10
10_September 2014: Representatives from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries discussed implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development during two events organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Principle 10 recognizes the importance of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters. continued...
CAF Mesoamerica and Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Adaptation Finance
Read More: CAF Mesoamerica and Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Adaptation Finance
10_September 2014: The Development Bank for Latin America (CAF) hosted a workshop to strengthen the capacity of Mesoamerican and Caribbean countries to assess the financing needs associated with climate change adaptation. continued...
Workshop Agrees Priorities for EUROCLIMA's Agriculture Component
Read More: Workshop Agrees Priorities for EUROCLIMA's Agriculture Component
4_September 2014: A three-day workshop discussed priority actions and initiatives needed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to address agriculture and climate change, and agreed on an agenda for work on the subject under the EUROCLIMA programme on agriculture, food security and climate change. continued...
LAC Officials Trained in Using Satellite Technology to Monitor Forests
Read More: LAC Officials Trained in Using Satellite Technology to Monitor Forests
4_September 2014: Sixteen Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries convened in a workshop to exchange experiences and provide training in the use of satellite technology to estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the loss of forest carbon and to form a foundation for decisions regarding deforestation and forest degradation. continued...
Pacific SIDS Recommend Data Revolution to Meet Post-2015 Statistical Needs
Read More: Pacific SIDS Recommend Data Revolution to Meet Post-2015 Statistical Needs
2_September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) and development partners called for new approaches and additional financing to meet statistical demand to assess and monitor development progress, including on the post-2015 development agenda, at the Forum on Advancing Statistical Development in SIDS in the Post-2015 Era. continued...
LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture
Read More: LAC Workshop Calls for Increased Biogas Production from Family Agriculture
28_August_2014: Specialists from 16 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries attended a workshop on how the production of biogas from the family agricultural sector can reduce the sector's waste production, water contamination and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while providing a renewable energy source for rural areas. continued...
IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites
Read More: IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites
12_September 2013: Representatives from 25 countries agreed on a series of measures to strengthen marine turtle conservation in and around the Indian Ocean at the Seventh meeting of the Indian Ocean-South-East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding Signatory States (IOSEA SS7). IOSEA also launched the IOSEA Network of Sites of Importance for Marine Turtles at the meeting. continued...
Adaptation Fund Strengthens Capacity of Asia Pacific Implementing Entities
Read More: Adaptation Fund Strengthens Capacity of Asia Pacific Implementing Entities
12_September 2014: The Adaptation Fund's Third Climate Finance Readiness seminar, co-sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and supported by the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), focused on the process of increasing the capacity of applicant and accredited implementing entities. continued...
MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action
Read More: MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action
11_September 2014: In a joint statement issued in the run-up to the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, which is taking place on 23 September in New York, US, key multilateral development banks (MDBs) have affirmed their commitment to reinforce and further develop climate financing by maintaining a strong institutional focus on climate change. Since 2011, the six MDBs behind the statement have delivered close to US$75 billion in climate financing, of which approximately 20% has been in support of adaptation. continued...
Solomon Islands Accepts Doha Amendment
Read More: Solomon Islands Accepts Doha Amendment
5_September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat reported that Solomon Islands has become the 13th party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). continued...
Pacific SIDS Launch Sustainable Energy Web Portal
Read More: Pacific SIDS Launch Sustainable Energy Web Portal
4_September 2014: The Pacific small islands developing States (SIDS) have launched the Pacific Regional Data Repository (PRDR), a web-based energy portal and data management system created to support sustainable energy policies and projects with the provision of timely, reliable information to countries and development partners. The platform aims to support South-South cooperation and advance the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in Asia and the Pacific. continued...
WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS
Read More: WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS
10_September 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) program has released the September 2014 edition of its newsletter, featuring recent developments in natural capital accounting (NCA) in Botswana, Mauritius and the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Programs (FIP), as well as upcoming events, recent publications, and news stories about NCA and WAVES partner projects. continued...
IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
Read More: IRENA Examines Renewable Energy Deployment in Islands
2_September 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched two publications examining the deployment and benefits of renewable energy in island economies. ‘A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy Islands' presents case studies that illustrate innovative solutions and partnerships for advancing renewable energy deployment in small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Renewable Energy Opportunities for Island Tourism' analyzes four renewable energy technologies, and confirms that their use can significantly increase the competitiveness of the tourism sector on islands. continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
Seminar on Post-2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change, and Island Partnership New York City, US 22 Sep
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
12th Meeting of the REDBIOS Network Azores, Portugal 22 Sep - 26 Sep
2014 Climate Summit New York City, US 23 Sep
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 29 Sep - 3 Oct
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Partnership Meeting Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 3 Oct - 4 Oct
Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2014 Miami, FL, US 6 Oct - 8 Oct
CBD COP 12 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 6 Oct - 17 Oct
Steering Committee Meeting of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Managua, Nicaragua 7 Oct - 10 Oct
Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 8 Oct - 10 Oct
Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 10 Oct
2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF Washington D.C., US 10 Oct - 12 Oct
 
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