Latin America matters in international climate politics. Its emerging leadership role at the international climate change talks, on low-carbon pathways and climate finance illustrate how some Latin American countries may shape the negotiations and the region this decade.
Published in Adaptation
Following delays parties to the UNFCCC have now selected the members of the Transitional Committee responsible for designing the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Transitional Committee will hold its first meeting in Mexico City later this month.
Published in Adaptation
This is a presentation made by Dr. Monica Araya, E3G Senior Associate and adviser to the Ministry of Environment of Costa Rica on climate finance, at the April 8th Brown University Conference on “Latin America and Climate Change: Regional Perspectives on a Global Problem”.
By Adam Kotin, Brown University Latin American farmers are already feeling the effects of climate change in big ways. They are on the frontlines of seasonal shifts and extreme weather events, facing head-on the slew of dangers that these bring. And, as is the case with most climate change effects, the impacts are not equally distributed. Smaller-scale farms have fewer resources to protect themselves from the devastation that even a single storm can bring. Even more crucially, they have less financial security to fall back on in case that devastation does occur.
Published in Renewable Energy
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Christiana Figueres as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Change Secretariat:
In announcing her appointment the UN Secretary-General said: Ms. Figueres is an international leader on strategies to address global climate change and brings to this position a passion for the issue, deep knowledge of the stakeholders and valuable hands-on experience with the public sector, non-profit sector and private sector. Ms. Figueres leadership at the helm of the UNFCCC comes at a crucial time in global efforts to take effective action on climate change. "I am honored by the designation of the Secretary General and I am thankful to the members of the UNFCCC Bureau for their vote of confidence. Most of all, I am humbled by the opportunity of the challenging task at hand, said Ms. Figueres. "As I take on my new responsibilities at the helm of the secretariat, I will have two immediate priorities: to work with the Secretary General to strengthen trust in the process, and to support the Danish and Mexican COP Presidencies as well as all other Parties in the preparation of a successful COP16 in Cancun," she added. “There is no task that is more urgent, more compelling or more sacred than that of protecting the climate of our planet for our children and grandchildren,” she said, upon hearing that she was appointed as the new Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Ms Figueres has been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team since 1995. She represented Latin America and the Caribbean on the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism in 2007, and was then elected Vice President of the Conference of the Parties 2008-2009. She has served as Director of International Cooperation in the Ministry of Planning in Costa Rica, and as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture. She was also the Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and is founder of the Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA). Ms. Figueres, 53, holds a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University
The position of UNFCCC Secretary General is of course fiercely neutral. However, Costa Ricans and Latin Americans generally will be proud that a fellow Latin American is now in charge of the world’s leading body on climate change. Figueres’s new position may help reinvigorate the climate change debate in Latin America and increase confidence in the region’s largely positive track record on tackling global warming in the run to the COP 16 in Mexico.
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