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    Linking the Pharmacopeias of Argentina and Brazil

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) today issued a regulation (Resolution RDC 37) permitting reference chemical substances certified by either the Argentine Pharmacopeia or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Pharmacopeia to be used for evaluating the quality of pharmaceutical raw materials (active ingredients and excipients) and medicines produced in Brazil.
    Anvisa already allowed that, where […]

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    Brazil a Leader in Green IT?

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    I ran across this interesting “green IT” study released last month by IBM and the Info-Tech Research Group during the course of my work on a chapter on power management issues for a forthcoming book on green IT (information technology).  Info-tech surveyed more than 1,000 IT executives at companies with 100-1,000 employees in 12 nations […]

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    Satellite Monitoring of Climate Change Impacts for 3 LAC Nations

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Mostly lost in all the media coverage of the recent climate change negotiations in Poznan, Poland was this announcement from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  I’m glad to hear that this initiative includes Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, particularly since the latter two cannot afford on their own this sort of satellite monitoring.  Why, I wonder, […]

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    Finding More Funds for Global Health During Tough Economic Times

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    World Leaders Call for More Investment in Global Health
    A new high-level taskforce* set up to find new ways to finance better health results in poor countries has held its inaugural meeting in Doha at the UN Financing For Development Summit in Qatar.
    “This is a unique moment for us all. These are extraordinary, […]

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    More LAC Nations Covered by Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

    Temas Note: When the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility was first officially announced by the World Bank a few months ago, only five Latin American nations (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Mexico, Panama) were to participate. Because of strong interest in the Facility, it has been decided recently to expand its developing country participants, and as […]

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    First Destination for UNEP’s Green Passport Program: Brazil

    Monday, October 13th, 2008

    The international community is about to launch a “Green Passport” program to promote “sustainable holidays,” and guess where the concept is being field tested first: a small colonial era town in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro (RJ) state, Paraty.
    The Green Passport is a project of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development (ITF-STD) created under […]

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    US$6.1 Billion Pledged for the Climate Investment Funds

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Donor Nations Pledge Over $6.1 Billion to Climate Investment Funds
    Funds boost global fight against climate change
    Leading industrialized nations today pledged more than US$6.1 billion to the Climate Investment Funds, a pair of international investment instruments designed to provide interim, scaled-up funding to help developing countries in their efforts to mitigate increases in […]

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    Five LAC Nations Picked for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    In a recent post on the growing list of international carbon finance sources available to nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), I mentioned the new Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) recently created by the World Bank designed to combat deforestation and climate change at the same time. The Facility essentially will help […]

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    Cancer Agency: Smoke-Free Policies Work

    Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

    From the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC):
    SMOKE-FREE POLICIES EFFECTIVE, SAYS INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER
    Smoke-free policies reduce the exposure of both adults and children, reduce the prevalence of smoking in adults and reduce the risk of heart disease related to smoke exposure. A resulting reduction in the lung cancer burden may well […]

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    Motorola Launches Cell Phone Take-Back Program in Latin America

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Motorola has announced that it is extending its take-back program to Latin America. Under the program, all Authorized Motorola Service locations in each country will have bins in which cell phones, two-way radios and accessories (chargers, wires, earphones) and batteries. Motorola began taking back cell phone batteries in Brazil 1999, […]

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