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Latin America’s Climate Vanguard

 

SANTIAGO – Latin America may have weathered the global economic slowdown, but for many, the potential impact of global warming, and the measures required to avoid its worst effects, may undermine the region’s fragile political, economic, and social balance – and roll back years of progress. Read more…

A clean city means far more than low emissions and renewable energy

 

Written by María Camila Bustos

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Bogotá recently held a round of lively debates on sustainable cities in the context of the Rio+20 conference. Experts from many countries and citizens from the Colombian capital attended the debates. One conclusion that I draw from this event is the urgent need to put sustainable development in our urban agendas. We must identify and increase collaboration between “city champions” in public office, business and civil society who are committed to integrating sustainability and resilience in urban development. Read more…

The New Climate Economy Report Challenges Conventional Thinking on Growth and Climate Action

 

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A new report released yesterday finds that, thanks to new investments in infrastructure and rapid technological innovation, it is possible to tackle climate change while at the same time improving economic performance. Challenging conventional wisdom, the report refutes the notion that countries must choose between fighting climate change and growing their economies. Read more…

Citizens for a Clean Society

 

Clean SocietyReinventing development will need imagination – a bigger and freer imagination – to transform our aspirations, to reinvent our countries and especially our urban future. Development as usual–growth at any cost, polluted cities and over-exploitation of key resources—hurts people and compromises our ability to prosper in the long term. And shouldn’t development be the means to a better life for the great majority of people?

We are entering the urban and more southern century – by 2050 most people around the world will live in cities. And most of these people will live in developing countries. The mix of pressing demographics and development as usual do not add up to a promising future. There is no such thing as a collective prosperity in countries running on dirty energy, polluted water and toxic air. An alternative course is possible –through cleaner and safer pathways– if we abandon obsolete notions that accept unsustainable development as if it were inescapable. We can afford bigger aspirations, especially as our southern confidence expands almost as fast as the growth of our middle class and business opportunities. Read more…

Report on local government and implementation of climate policies

 

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Increasingly , cities are adopting policies and programs to address climate change. However, the progress and the effective implementation of these policies change  considerably between cities (or even between different public policies within the same city). There is a substantial gap between the discourse highlights the importance of local action on climate change and political reality.

The purpose of this report wrote by FARN is precisely address this issue by analyzing the factors and conditions that affect the implementation of local climate policies in developing countries . This report is based on an extensive review of the literature on climate change and urban policies , as well as preliminary results of our comparative research project on climate policies in Buenos Aires , Mexico City and São Paulo , Brazil .

This report is available in English. We are currently being translated into Spanish.

This Policy Brief was originally published in CDKN website.

For download the Policy Brief “Shaping Climate Loal Policies: A Review of Experiences”, click on the box below.

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A rare opportunity to put sustainability on Brazil’s electoral agenda in 2014

 

Cromo.com-Rio-20_Admi-580x360Sustainable development has been peripheral to Brazilian elections, yet this election could mark a turning point. Street protests in 2013 sent a clear message to politicians: people want to debate Brazil’s future in the 2014 election, but so far politicians have reduced the election to a debate around personalities and power. In the run up to the October election we have a chance to show that sustainable development is not merely a debate among elites but an essential issue for Brazil’s struggle for citizen rights and equality. The task this year is to connect the dots between the environment, development and citizen rights thus making sustainable development a key electoral theme in 2014. Could the street protests and new political coalitions help promote sustainable development as a campaign issue? We argue that the political situation in Brazil may create a rare opportunity to do so for the first time since the return of democracy in the mid 1980s. Here we explain why. Read more…

Tackling Climate Change and Poverty in Cities

 

This event is organized by CDKN in the World Urban Forum in Medellin

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The new detractors of the climate pact

 

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Historically, the U.S. has been identified as the main detractor in international climate negotiations, mainly for its continued refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol. Later, with the collapse of negotiations at COP15, the expectations of the cooperation of the U.S. went down even more. Read more…

Can Chile balance growth and climate action?

 

By Alison Kirsch and Guy Edwards 

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Chile is at a crossroads. Copper prices are falling, the gap between energy supply and demand is widening. Chile faces a difficult balancing act to maintain its strong economic growth and the energy this requires, while ensuring progress on its climate, environmental and clean energy goals. In this whirlwind of domestic change, Chile has the opportunity to reaffirm its position as a global leader on climate change. Read more…

How can Peru make next year’s climate summit a success?

 

peruAs delegates begin to reflect on the limited success of the UN Climate Change negotiations in Warsaw which ended last week, eyes are now turning optimistically to Peru as the incoming president of COP20 in 2014. Read more…

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