Latin America & Caribbean

The UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) has expanded on the global project, "Capacity Development for Policy Makers to Address Climate Change" in the LAC region to provide technical support to national policy makers and its Country Offices and strengthen capacity on budgetary issues related to the post-2012 climate regime.

In close collaboration with UNDP Headquarters, the Regional Bureau for Latin America & Caribbean built upon these activities at the global level to initiate a comprehensive regional programme - Climate Policy 2012 - funded by the government of Spain and UNDP track funds. Launched in 2009, this programme is tailored around the specific needs of Ibero-American countries facing the opportunities and challenges of the post-2012 global climate regime.

The contribution of the Spanish government was based on the principle that all nineteen countries in Ibero-America will benefit from the CLIMATE POLICY 2012 Programme: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The results of the project in Ibero-America in 2009 were:

10 national inter-ministerial dialogues held with more than 1000 participants, with extensive media coverage and dedicated media sessions;

25 issues papers on key sectors prepared by national experts

3 Investment & Financial Flows trainings were held with participation by 70 national experts. The trainings were led by a regional centre of excellence, ITDT of Argentina, which will also provide technical backstopping to participating countries as they conduct the I&FF assessments;

Regional negotiators meeting held 10-11 September 2009 in Costa Rica;

Climate change budgetary planning meeting organized with IDB on 19-20 October 2009 in Brazil, with more than 70 participants from 18 Ibero-American countries;

Side-event on climate change investment and finance issues relevant to the region jointly organized with ECLAC and IDB at the UNFCCC meeting in Barcelona in November 2009;

Documents on negotiation issues provided for decision makers prior to four UNFCCC sessions in 2009, as well as a Climate Change Handbook for Ibero-American Negotiators.

Capacity Devlopment activities will improve the understanding of key issues in negotiations, as well as a space for discussions among finance, development and environment ministers in order to catalyze access to resources and climate investment from the international mechanisms and reinforce national budgetary planning.

These activities include: Investment & Financial Flows Assessments, regional meetings with national climate change focal points, publications about budgetary planning to address climate change, and technical backstopping for countries that begin to consider adaptation and mitigation for climate change in their National Development Plans, as well as participation in UNFCCC side events to present these activities results.

A new publication is available! The guidebook for Ibero-American negotiators on climate change 'Guía de apoyo para el Negociador Iberoamericano de Cambio Climático' was published to provide a background on the UNFCCC negotiations, as well as the different aspects under negotiation as well as the various actors and the process of the negotiations, with a special focus on Ibero-America.

For further information, please contact Carlos Salgado

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