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2015 ARTICLES (3)

Dominican Republic to head regional low emissions group

Dominican Republic’s National Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism Council (CNCCMDL) was unanimously elected recently to head the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Low Emissions Development Strategies (LAC LEDS) platform

CNCCMDL vice president Omar Ramirez said Dominican Republic and Costa Rica will preside over the platform’s sessions during 2015, slated for the country from October 5 to 7.

He said the platform aims to promote sustainable development with low emissions, resilient to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean through the exchange of experiences, best practices and lessons learned to build capacity and coordinate and cooperate with formulas and implement national plans which promote long-term economic growth compatible with climate change.

The platform is part of a global alliance and is governed by an executive committee made up of entities on climate change, sustainable development, renewable energy and Environment agencies of Chile, Peru, Mexico, US, Costa Rica, Argentina and Dominican Republic.

It’s also formed by the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank, the UN Development Program, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, among others.

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Green economy transition promises benefits for small island states

Nairobi, 24 February 2014- Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living.

The transition will offer opportunities for SIDS to better manage natural capital, protect the environment, create green jobs and achieve sustainable development, according to studies by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

 

UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, "For many Small Island Developing States future development is dependent on a very narrow resource base that is constantly challenged by the high-risk impacts of climate change and natural disasters. In our lifetime, there may be small island developing nations that will cease to exist as a result of sea level rise."

 

"From economic growth to climate change and food security, the issues facing SIDS are multi-dimensional and require integrated action to address them. An inclusive Green Economy approach offers opportunities for SIDS to better manage natural capital, protect the environment, create green jobs and achieve sustainable development. For this end, it is vital that the right enabling conditions are provided to generate and stimulate both public and private sector investments that incorporate broader environmental and social criteria," he added

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Report Demonstrates Benefits from Protecting Biodiversity

Montreal/Kolkata, 13 February 2015 - A ground-breaking report on biodiversity and health, launched today at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human health.

The report, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, demonstrates that the relationship between biodiversity and human health is extensive and complex. It outlines the ways that the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity has positive impacts on human health, including through impacts on water and air quality, nutrition, non-communicable and infectious diseases, and medicines, among others.

Prepared by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the report features contributions from numerous partners and over 100 experts, including Bioversity International, COHAB Initiative, EcoHealth Alliance, Harvard School of Public Health, United Nations University, Wildlife Conservation Society's Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages and many others.

"We hope this joint report will increase awareness and understanding not only of the intrinsic value of biodiversity, but also as a critical foundation for sustainable development, and for human health and well-being," said Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. "In particular, it should serve as a useful reference for the definition of the sustainable development goals and the post-2015 development agenda, which represent a unique opportunity to promote integrated approaches to protect human and planetary health."

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, said "Despite the clear role that biodiversity plays for human health, and thus for the Sustainable Development Goals, this linkage is not being made in policy forums. Hopefully this new report will help shed some light on this critical issue."

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