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  • Oxfam Argues for New Global Climate Adaptation Fund / Oxfam aboga por un nuevo fondo mundial para adaptación al cambio climático

    Sunday, September 20th, 2009

    From Oxfam International:
    Rich countries must not raid aid to pay climate debt

    A new Oxfam report has today warned that at least 4.5 million children could die unless world leaders deliver additional funds to help poor countries fight the growing impact of climate change, rather than diverting it from existing aid promises.

    The warning comes as world […]

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    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded […]

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    Brazil’s Poor Advance Less in Health MDGs / Pobres avançam menos em ODM de saúde

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    In a prior post I discussed how a new web portal (Portal ODM) has been created in Brazil, with help from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, that would allow anyone who wishes to track (and perhaps influence) Brazil’s progress at the municipal level toward achieving the the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).*
    I […]

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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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    FAO Calls for Review of the Risks & Opportunities of Biofuels / La FAO pide nueva revista de los riesgos y oportunidades de los biocombustibles

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Annual report weighs opportunities and risks of biofuels
    Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed in order to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, FAO said today in a new edition of its annual flagship publication […]

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    Una nueva estrategia regional enfocada a la salud y el desarrollo de los adolescentes y jóvenes

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Health Ministers of the Americas, at the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) top body, agreed to a 10-year regional new strategy and program to tackle issues in the health and development of adolescents and youth (ages 10-24).  The program is seen as an investment in the health […]

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    Development and Climate Change

    Friday, August 22nd, 2008

    The World Bank has been working on what it calls a “Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development” (SFCCD). The Bank is concerned that
    developing countries and the poorest communities are likely to suffer earliest and the most” from global climate change. It has the potential to reverse the hard-earned development gains of the […]

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    A Loan to Improve Health Care in Panama / Un préstamo para Mejorar la Salud Básica en Panamá

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved two loans totaling US$75 million for Panama to increase access to and quality of basic health services and education among the poor in rural and indigenous areas.
    “The central objective of the government’s program is to tackle poverty and inequality by improving access to health […]

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    Protecting Health from Climate Change

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    As they promised last year, in April the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional counterpart, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), celebrated World Health Day in April by trying to educate us all about the possible health impacts of global climate change on health. Most assessments and discussions of climate change to […]

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    Combatting Deforestation II: Agriculture and Forests

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

    When I launched my series on deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) many months ago, I said I’d try to address different facets of the question in separate posts. My first tackled the question of just how serious is deforestation across LAC. Today, a look at the interface between agriculture, poverty […]

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