Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

uneca-unece-escap-eclac-escwaAugust 2015: The UN Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA), Europe (UNECE), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Western Asia (ESCWA) have published a paper on their role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. The paper is titled 'UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda.'

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Event: ECLAC Meeting on Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). ECLAC will present a preliminary version of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, drafted at the request of countries from the Negotiating Committee on the regional accord. Representatives from Caribbean countries, experts and members of civil society organisations will discuss countries' specific needs for capacity strengthening and implementation.  

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Event: 11th Annual High Level Forum: Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association's (CWWA's) 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition, the 11th High Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda will discuss and seek collaboration on water and climate matters to help shape the sustainable development agenda of the Caribbean. Co-organized by the CWWA and the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Forum seeks to produce concrete outcomes and harmonized recommendations to guide national and regional efforts in operationalizing water, wastewater, and climate goals and targets for sustainable development. Some outcomes of the Forum should also feed into the contribution of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December. The Forum is expected to bring together Caribbean Ministers in charge of water resources and management from more than ten countries, and representatives from regional and international organizations.  

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Experts in Americas Commit to Implementing Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 August 2015: Experts from the Americas have committed to take action to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, the 15-year plan agreed in March 2015 that aims to reduce deaths and losses caused by natural and manmade hazards. The 2nd Regional Conference for the Exchange of Information in Civil and Military Operations for Disaster Risk Management aimed to raise the awareness of those attending the conference about the content of the Sendai Framework.

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Bolivia, Ecuador Submit Reservations to FfD3 Outcome [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA5 August 2015: The Permanent Missions of Bolivia and Ecuador sent letters to the Secretary-General of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), Wu Hongbo, regarding their respective reservations on the outcome. The two UN Member States requested that the letters and their annexes, containing reservations and explanations of national position (EOP), be included in their entirety in the report of the Conference.

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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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CSOs Evaluate FfD3 Outcome [viewed]

ffd3_iisdrsAugust 2015: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have responded to the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which is titled the 'Addis Ababa Action Agenda' (AAAA). Many express disappointment, with groups highlighting areas in which the AAAA is a step backward from the outcomes of previous FfD Conferences (Doha and Monterrey). CSOs criticize the AAAA for failure to form an intergovernmental body for international tax cooperation and highlight limitations related to human rights, especially for women.

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UN Committee Concludes Work on Sovereign Debt Restructuring [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA28 July 2015: The UN Ad Hoc Committee on Sovereign Debt Restructuring has concluded its work, adopting a report for submission to the UN General Assembly that reaffirms the UNGA's central role in contributing to the review of the international financial and economic architecture. The report includes the Chairs' summary and principles on sovereign debt restructuring, which, according to a statement made on behalf of UNGA President Sam Kutesa, “could serve as a basis for future deliberations of the UN General Assembly towards a multi-lateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes with the participation of all Member States.”

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International Day Spotlights Indigenous Peoples' Health, Wellbeing [viewed]

international_day_worlds_indigenous-peoples10 August 2015: The UN marked the 2015 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with a call for improving access to healthcare services. It also launched a publication focusing on health-related needs for indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The 2015 Day was organized on the theme, 'Post-2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and wellbeing.'

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