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    IDB-GEF Grant to Help Haiti Fight Environmental Decay / Don de BID-FEM pour aider Haïti à lutter contre la dégradation de l’environnement

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Haiti to combat environmental decay with IDB funds

    A $3.44 million grant will support sustainable land and forest management practices, improve preservation of Macaya Park

    The Inter-American Development Bank on Sept. 23 approved a $3.44 million grant to help Haiti combat rapid environmental degradation through the integration of sustainable land and forest […]

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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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    Chile Ratifies the Basel Ban

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    Chile’s Congress today approved ratification of the 1995 and 1998 amendments to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.  Ratifying the 1995 amendment makes Chile a party to the so-called “Basel Ban,” bringing the Ban one step closer to taking effect for all Parties to the Convention.  The 1998 amendment […]

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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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    Gates Foundation to Fund Fight Against “Neglected” Diseases / Fundación Gates dona millones para combatir enfermedades “olvidadas”

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Gates Foundation Grant Will Boost Fight against “Neglected” Diseases

    New Funds Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

    Efforts to prevent, control and eliminate “forgotten” tropical and other infectious diseases in the Americas received a new stimulus with the announcement of a $34 million grant by the Bill & […]

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    Colombia Finally Joins the POPs Convention / Por fin Colombia es Estado Parte del Convenio sobre los COPs

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    On 20 January Colombia finally joined the ranks of Contracting Parties (CPs) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).  The Stockholm Convention commits CPs to eliminate, severely restrict and/or minimize the production, use and trade of 12 POPs — nine pesticides (including DDT), three byproducts of industrial processes and of combustion (dioxins, furans […]

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    The Ecoclubs Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Friday, January 2nd, 2009

    A couple of years back, while I was working on a series of posts for the Green Team about Dominican cities attempting to come to grips with their litter problems, I ran into some local news posts about how the mayor of La Vega attributed some of his success in cleaning up that city to […]

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    UNEP/CARICOM: Drastic Climate Change Consequences for Insular Caribbean / PNUMA/CARICOM: drásticas consecuencias por cambio climático en el Caribe Insular

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Although this report (English only) was finished in October, it was formally unveiled at the global climate change talks in Poland in November, but did not get much media play because of all the other actions, initiatives, reports and declarations made in Poznan at the same time.  But it deserves much more attention and hopefully […]

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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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    Malaria in LAC: No Time to Relax / Paludismo en ALC: No es la hora para relajar

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

    When the World Health Organization (WHO) released the first-ever World Malaria Report (English, Spanish, French) in September, I read through it with the intention of doing a post an update to my 2007 post on malaria in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), complete with the appropriate charts and graphs from the report that you’ve […]

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