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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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    Making Argentine Mining Sustainable

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    Argentina’s Secretary of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development (SAyDS), Homero Bibiloni, recently met with the Mining Secretary, Jorge Mayoral, to discuss joint efforts to make mining in that country more environmentally sustainable.
    As well they should: in recent months the environmental reputation of the nation’s mining sector has taken a pounding.  Recently the provinces of Chubut, […]

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    Inequities in Water and Sanitation Services in Argentina

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Not too long ago an Argentine think tank, the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimento – CIPPEC), released a report* analyzing the provision of potable water and sanitation services within Argentina. 
    The CIPPEC analysis demonstrates, to my mind, […]

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    The Distribution of Cancer in Argentina

    Monday, August 13th, 2007

    When you read my post last week about colon cancer rates rising in Buenos Aires Province (PBA), did you wonder what the rates are for other types of cancer in the rest of Argentina?  I did (but then, I am curious like that).  So I went hunting for the information.
    It appears that most Argentine provinces […]

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    Environment Provisions in LAC Constitutions

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Enshrining the Green
    It is by now common to most constitutions in Ibero-American LAC — including many of the state and provincial constitutions in federal republics of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico — to have environmental provisions, although they differ in content, context, clarity and detail. Most of these provisions are minimal, and have one or more […]

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    The Basics II, Foundations: Is a Constitutional Provision on the Environment Necessary?

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    I had in the backlog queue a “Basics” piece on the importance of setting a solid environmental governance foundation through adoption of properly crafted and targeted laws, but held off publishing it for Temas administrative reasons I will not go into here. In the meantime, however, the Dominican Republic (DR) has come forward with […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Argentina Targets Homes and Cars

    Friday, June 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: How did Argentina celebrate World No-Tobacco Day? Besides events emphasizing kids (including the release of balloons in the national colors in a busy downtown Buenos Aires intersection – see picture), Health Minister Ginés González García announced the official launch of a new component to the National Tobacco Control Strategy entitled “Homes […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: PAHO Honors Those Making a Difference

    Thursday, May 31st, 2007

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Honors Eight on World No Tobacco Day
    Individuals and institutions recognized for their contributions to tobacco control
    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) marked World No Tobacco Day, May 31, by recognizing three individuals, four government agencies, and a nongovernmental organization for their contributions to smoke-free environments in the Americas.
    PAHO […]

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    Another Poll Suggests LAC Takes Climate Change Seriously

    Thursday, March 15th, 2007

    The recent ACNielsen poll suggested that Latin American nations may take the global climate change issue more seriously than most.  A new poll just published on the WorldPublicOpinion.org website appears to confirm it.
    The 17-nation* poll was organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (formerly the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations).  The countries picked represent […]

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    IDB “Infrastructure” Funds with an Environmental Twist / Financiamento del BID para “Infrastructura” con Dimensiones Ambientales

    Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently has approved several projects that it labels as involving infrastructure, but to my mind, have a pronounced environmental slant.
    IDB officials will of course claim that most of its loans in the last 10-15 years have had an environmental dimension, especially those involving infrastructure. Most Bank critics will retort […]

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