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    IDB Support for Colombia’s Climate Change Work / BID apoya esfuerzos de Colombia sobre el cambio climático

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help reduce vulnerability to climate change and take advantage of emerging carbon markets

    Colombia will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes reducing vulnerability and strengthening climate-related institutions, as part of a financial package approved yesterday by the Inter-American [...]

    Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Be Very Underestimated

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    From the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED):
    Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated

    UN climate negotiations should aim for substantially more funding

    Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will warn today that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of [...]

    Jamaican Voices for Climate Change

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

    From UNDP Jamaica:
    Voices For Climate Change Project Launched
    Jamaican entertainers, including Lloyd Lovindeer, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Boris Gardiner, Pam Hall and many others, have come together for the Voices For Climate Change Project which was launched on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge, UWI. The project is a national public education campaign [...]

    Brazil Bans DDT

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

    Brazilian President Lula just signed a law banning all manufacture, import, export, stocking, sale or use of the organochlorine pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, more commonly known as DDT.  The law also requires (a) the incineration of all existing DDT stocks in Brazil within 30 days; (b) federal agencies to complete a study within two years of the environmental [...]

    Mesoamerica Shows the Way to DDT-Free Malaria Control

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has confidently announced that they can still roll back malaria worldwide while phasing out the use of the hazardous pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) through the use of pesticide-free Integrated Vector Management (IVM) techniques.  Why is WHO so confident it can be done?  Because they have already successfully tested the proposition through [...]

    A Call for Scaled-Up R&D for Neglected Diseases / Una llamada para más I+D para las enfermedades olvidadas / Uma chamada para aumento de P&D sobre as doenças negligenciadas

    Monday, February 23rd, 2009

    From the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi):
    MSF and DNDi Call for Scale-Up of R&D for Neglected Diseases

    Greater Governmental Leadership is needed to Foster Medical Innovation for Millions Suffering from Neglected Diseases

    The international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) called today for more sustainable funding [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    PAHO’s Commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative

    Saturday, September 27th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Joins Clinton Global Initiative to Save Mothers’ and Children’s Lives
    Five-year, $60.5 million program will improve maternal and child health through low-cost interventions in 10 Latin American countries
    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced a new program of proven, low-cost interventions for maternal and child health that will benefit [...]

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