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    World No Tobacco Day 09: CARICOM Agrees to Ban Smoking in Public Spaces

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat:
    CARICOM HEALTH MINISTERS AGREE TO CURB SMOKING IN PUBLIC SPACES
    The Caucus of Ministers of Health have endorsed a recommendation for the banning of smoking on public spaces as a public good and regional goal, as the Region intensifies its efforts to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), under the Port of Spain […]

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    Why Argentina Has Not Yet Ratified the Tobacco Treaty

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    There’s an interesting article today in IPS exploring why Argentina has yet to ratify the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) even though it signed the agreement and the federal executive has repeatedly asked the Senate for the ratification.  In a nutshell, Senators from seven tobacco-growing provinces (Catamarca, Chaco, Corrientes, Jujuy, Misiones, Salta, […]

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    A Moratorium on Constructing Mega-Resorts?

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    From Tourism Concern:
    TOURISM CONCERN CALLS FOR HALT ON CONSTRUCTION OF MEGA-RESORTS
    Campaigning organisation Tourism Concern is calling for a halt to the construction of tourism mega-resorts, claiming that they are destroying communities and are environmentally unsustainable.
    The global trend in developing luxury, large-scale resorts is leading to widespread alienation and displacement of people from their land, and […]

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    A New Sustainable Energy Program for the Caribbean / Un programa nuevo para energía sostenible en el Caribe

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports sustainable energy in the Caribbean

    Grants finance efforts to generate energy from waste, wind and sun; improve efficiency, and lower hotel energy costs

    Barbados, Bahamas and eventually other Caribbean countries will explore cutting-edge alternatives to lower their dependency on fossil fuels and improve their energy security with four grants approved […]

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    Bahamas Finally Acts on Marine Protection

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009

    Nearly two years ago I did a post about a terrific National Geographic article on the dangers of unchecked real estate and tourism development on the Bahamas’ marine habitats, and how in the end, the Bahamas may lose far more than they’d gain from ripping up mangroves to build hotels, golf courses and marinas.
    Thanks to […]

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    Panama Ratifies the Bunker Fuel Pollution Liability Convention

    Saturday, January 17th, 2009

    On 14 January Panama’s National Assembly ratified the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage (“Bunker Convention”). The Convention, negotiated under International Maritime Organization (IMO) auspices, was adopted in 2001 but did not come into force until last November.  Until Panama ratified, the only Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations that […]

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    Progress Towards the Health MDGs in LAC / Progreso hacia los ODM relacionado con la salud en ALC

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently 14 United Nations (UN) agencies* released a report (English, Spanish) reviewing the status of efforts of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations toward meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    The report addresses the following health-specific MDGs:

    reducing the under-five mortality rate by 2/3 between 1990 and 2015;
    reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 3/4 between 1990 […]

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    Climate Change Country Profiles for 17 LAC Nations

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the School of Geography and Environment at Oxford University have generated country-level studies of climate observations and multi-model projections for 52 developing countries, 17 of them in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    For each country there is a report that contains a set of maps and diagrams illustrating the […]

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    OMS urge Ratificación del Convenio Marco para el Control del Tabaco

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    Desde la la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS):
    OMS urge Ratificación del Convenio Marco para el Control del Tabaco
    La Directora General de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), Dra. Margaret Chan, urgió a los países de las Américas que ratifiquen el Convenio Marco Para el Control de Tabaco, un instrumento mundial diseñado para […]

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    Eliminating Vertical Transmission of HIV & Syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015

    Saturday, August 9th, 2008

    From the Pan American health Organization (PAHO):
    Caribbean public health authorities propose to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2015
    Public health authorities, HIV and Maternal and Child Health experts concluded that it is feasible to eliminate the vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015. The conclusion was reached after a […]

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