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    RIACT Focuses on Smoke-Free Environments

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    Recently the Ibero-American Tobacco Control Network (Rede Ibero-Americana de Controle do Tabagismo – RIACT) held in Rio de Janerio its first full-fledged meeting since its creation in 2007. Attending the two-day meeting were representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  The […]

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    Loan to Expand/Upgrade Uruguay’s Water and Sanitation Services / Préstamo para ampliar/mejorar servicios de agua y saneamiento

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Uruguay: World Bank Approves US$50 Million to Expand and Upgrade Water and Sanitation Services
    The World Bank today approved a US$50 million loan to help Uruguay expand water and sanitation services to reach more residents in the country’s smaller towns and cities as well as improve the efficiency and sustainability of water and […]

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    Temas Reading List: Wastes

    Sunday, June 10th, 2007

    Nonna, Dr. Silvia.  Guía de la Regulación Normativa Provincial Argentina Sobre Residuos Peligrosos.  Published by the Colegio de Abogados de San Isidro.  Spanish.  2002.  Contact: publicaciones@casi.com.ar
    This little-known book is probably the best guide to Argentina’s complex weave of provincial laws and regulations on hazardous wastes.  For years the head of Argentina’s Hazardous Waste Registry, Dr. […]

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    Improving Environmental Governance in Uruguay

    Thursday, June 7th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves $5 million loan for environmental management in Uruguay

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) today announced the approval of a $5 million loan for modernization of environmental management and planning in Uruguay.
    The program, financed under the Sector Facility for institutional strengthening, will support modernization of institutions and mechanisms for environmental […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Touting Uruguay’s Example

    Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

    As part of its package of materials for World No-Tobacco Day (31 May), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released a nine-minute video (in Spanish) produced by it and Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MSP) featuring Uruguay’s Public Health Minister, Dr. María Julia Muñoz. The video discusses Uruguay’s successful set of decrees making all […]

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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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    Impact of Sea Level Rise on LAC

    Monday, May 14th, 2007

    While the reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have stolen the headlines and thunder, the World Bank quietly released an important working paper examining how the expected rise in sea level (SLR) caused by global climate change might affect the 84 coastal developing countries among its membership. Twenty-five of these […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC II-B – Consumer Legislation in LAC Nations

    Tuesday, April 17th, 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. In Part II-A, I provided an […]

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    Consumer Protection in LAC I – How World Consumer Rights Day 2007 Was Celebrated

    Friday, April 13th, 2007

    As I mentioned in my introduction to my series on consumer protection in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), March 15 was World Consumer Rights Day (yeah, yeah, you mentioned before that I’m late!). To commemorate, here The Temas Blog starts a five-part series by looking at how consumer organizations in LAC celebrated the […]

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    Colombia Insists: We’re Serious About Climate Change

    Monday, March 19th, 2007

    Just before the release of the IPPC report, the Minister for Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MAVDT) held a press conference to assure everyone that global climate change is a priority issue for the Uribe Administration. The fact that Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez felt the need to do so says something.
    Lozano Ramírez outlined the […]

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