Latin America & the Caribbean

EU Development Funding Enters into Force, Signals Support for SDGs [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL2 March 2015: The EU's 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has entered into force with a total of €30.5 billion in financing, according to a statement by the European Commission's (EC) High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. The EDF will finance the EU's development cooperation projects in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) to assist countries in their efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Agriculture, Family Farming Key for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General Tells CARICOM [viewed]

FAO27 February 2015: Agriculture and small-scale and family farming are critical drivers of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, and key to addressing food security and coping with climate change, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told Heads of Government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit. Da Silva also highlighted progress by CARICOM members in achieving the Millennium Development Goals' (MDG) hunger target.

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Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml24 February 2015: Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations.

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ECLAC Report Finds Challenges in Sustaining Poverty Gains [viewed]

ECLAC26 January 2015: The decline in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean has stalled, and extreme poverty, or indigence, has increased since 2012, according to a study by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The study suggests the region is experiencing challenges in sustaining progress made in reducing poverty and unemployment and in expanding these achievements, as the reduction of poverty and indigence and improvements in income distribution have slowed.

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ECLAC, IDB, UNDP Partner to Accelerate SE4ALL in Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

eclac-idb-undp23 February 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have formed a partnership in support of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in the Americas. The partners intend to create a joint work plan, capitalizing on the unique strengths of each organization to enable on-the-ground implementation of the SE4ALL goals.

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High-Level Meeting Underscores Role of Strengthened Capacities, Institutions in Post-2015 Development [viewed]

UNDP ILO26 February 2015: Effective, strengthened capacities and institutions are critical for implementing the post-2015 development agenda and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), participants stressed at a high-level meeting in Chisinau, Moldova. The meeting resulted in the Chisanu Outcome Statement on Strengthening Capacities and Building Effective Institutions, which calls for upgraded capacities and institutions to foster more effective, responsive governance.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA25 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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Event Highlights Integration of SCP into Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

10_yfp18 February 2015: The Permanent Missions of of Brazil and Finland to the UN hosted an interactive discussion on advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP) within the post-2015 process, on the sidelines of the second session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The event focused on: a discussion paper prepared by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on financing the shift to SCP; the role of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on SCP as a component of the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda; and moving forward on the approach by which SCP indicators will be identified for the new goal set.

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OECD Projects 290% Increase in Freight Transport Emissions by 2050 [viewed]

OECD_NEW27 January 2015: The International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 2015 Transport Outlook. According to the report's projections, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freight transport will increase by 290% by 2050. The Outlook also predicts that cities in China, India and Latin America will generate 38% of the growth in passenger transport emissions.

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UNSG Updates Membership on Climate Negotiations [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw23 February 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed UN Member States on the status of global climate change negotiations. He discussed progress made at recent meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and said a few key issues remain to be decided, including climate finance, adaptation and resilience, and accelerating action.

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