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    UNDP Launches Unique Carbon Facility

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has jumped into the growing carbon finance market with its own offering — carbon credits with a human development twist, as it were.
    UNDP says that the trouble with the current carbon market is that it tends to fund projects in only a handful of countries and with little variety […]

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    Helping Colombia Improve Environmental Management and Meet Its MDGs

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Colombia: World Bank Approves US$200 Million for Sustainable Development
    The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a US$200 million loan to Colombia in order to integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, which seek to protect the poor from the impacts of environmental degradation, particularly in terms of […]

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    PAC’ing Brazil IV: Water, Sanitation and Waste

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental […]

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    IDB Contemplates Changes in its Water/Sanitation Sector Lending

    Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

    In November the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) formed a special task force to sketch out new IDB goals for lending in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region’s water sector over the next 10 years.
    A major focus will be how the Bank can best help LAC nations meet their Millennium Development Goals on access to […]

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    The Basics I: Open Wide and Say “Ah….”

    Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

    This begins a blog series on environmental law and policy that I like to call “The Basics.” This will examine some of the elements many experts think (and I agree) are necessary to have an effective environment policy.

    What are these? Some people might add to this list, but most agree on […]

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    What to Expect from WHO’s New Director-General

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

    On Thursday 09 November 2006 the World Health Organization (WHO) elected a new chief executive, and it wasn’t a Latin. Dr. Margaret Chan of Hong Kong (but representing China in the contest) beat out Mexican Health Minister Julio Frenk for the post of Director-General (DG) — first for the WHO Executive Board (EB) endorsement, […]

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    The Elections for WHO’s DG: The LAC Connection

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

    On Thursday the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) will elect a new chief executive (Director-General – DG) and the campaigning has been more intensely and publicly contested than in prior elections. One of the leading candidates and lightning rods of the campaign is Mexico’s Health Minister, Dr. Julio Frenk.
    So what?
    You may ask why you […]

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    Is Meeting the MDGs for Water & Sanitation Good Enough?

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

    This month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a progress report on meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as they apply to access to “improved” water and sanitation, using data collected by the WHO/UNICEF joint Monitoring Programme (JMP).
    As the WHO report I recently reviewed on the linkage between environmental conditions and health underlined, […]

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