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  • The High-Level Caribbean Sustainable Energy Seminar

    Thursday, July 31st, 2008

    Temas Observation: This seminar is a follow-up to the meeting held in Guyana last year, where some of the same promises were made. Let’s hope that not another year must pass before something more concrete emerges from this initiative.
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    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Plans to unleash the Caribbean region’s renewable energy potential gain momentum […]

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    CARICOM To Enter Environmental Policy Arena

    Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

    One of the downsides of being so long away from regular blogging is the tremendous backlog of things I wish to cover. This is one. The meeting referred to in the press release below happened in the latter half of April, but given its potential significance, I still wish to highlight and discuss it […]

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    OECS Goes Proactive Regarding Fake Medicines

    Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

    Temas Note: To understand better the threat posed by counterfeit medicines and what is being done by others to tackle it, check this prior Temas article.
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    From the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS):
    OECS Secretariat launches proactive mechanism against Counterfeit Medicines
    Law enforcement and health officials from St. Lucia will meet on Thursday 5th June 2008 to […]

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    OECS Needs to Get Serious About Environmental Management

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    Temas Foreword: The OECS is a collection of nine small island states (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat) in the Eastern Caribbean that cooperate in a variety of areas, including the environment (wastes, watershed management, environmental planning, etc.).  […]

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    Cheaper HIV/AIDS Treatments for LAC Nations

    Thursday, June 7th, 2007

    In May former US President Bill Clinton announced that his foundation had negotiated new agreements to substantially reduce the price of 15 so-called “second-line treatments” for HIV/AIDS, plus a new, “next generation” once-a-day pill, for 66 poor and middle-income countries. The 66 (chosen because they represent about 90% of the world’s AIDS cases) includes […]

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    Consumer Protection Pages Added to the Temas Toolbox

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    As promised during my “Introduction to Consumer Protection in LAC” series, I have adapted and amended those posts to convert them into standalone pages now easily accessible through the Temas Tools link directory in the righthand column. These are:
    Overview of Consumer Law in LAC
    Overview of Consumer Authorities in LAC
    Overview of Consumer NGOs in LAC
    The […]

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    Overview of Consumer Law in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    The Broad Influences
    If you had looked around LAC in the early 1980s, you would have been hard pressed to find a country with a framework consumer protection law, code, statute or regulation (I believe only Colombia had a simple one).  Yes, many had market authorization laws, regulations, Sanitary Codes or special product -based codes or […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC II-A – The Intergovernmental Actors

    Friday, April 13th, 2007

    To make up for missing World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), I promised to give you a five-part overview of consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). In Part I, I looked at how consumer agencies and consumer NGOs in the region celebrated the Day.
    Today I’ll provide an overview of and guide […]

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