The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum is co-organized by a partnership comprising UN agencies, Multilateral Banks, a regional energy organization and a private sector association. These organizations have put their comparative advantages, resources and efforts together in order to provide this annually organized Forum.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): Based in Bonn, Germany, the UNFCCC secretariat provides organizational support and technical expertise to the negotiations and the institutions of the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol. Included in this mandate is the support to the Executive Board of the clean development mechanism (CDM), through which projects in developing countries can earn saleable credits (CERs) by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To date, there are more than 7,500 registered projects and more than 250 registered Programmes of Activities in 100 countries. The CDM is recognized as a success in spurring investment in climate change mitigation and sustainable development, and as a pioneer mechanism in the carbon markets.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations’ designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action. UNEP’s work emphasizes strengthening links between environmental sustainability and economic decision-making, an emerging nexus for public policymaking and market development.
In the area of climate change, UNEP focuses on strengthening the ability of countries, particularly developing nations, to integrate climate change responses into national development processes. UNEP collaborates with many partners to strengthen the ability of individuals, organizations and countries to combat climate change.
UNEP Risø Center, URC: URC is a UNEP Collaborating Centre that focuses on energy, climate change and sustainable development and supports UNEP’s activities in these areas.
The UNEP Risø Centre (URC) is a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development. As a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre, URC is an active participant in the planning and implementation of UNEP’s Climate Change Strategy and Energy Programme.
Through in-depth research, policy analysis, and capacity building activities, URC assists developing countries in the transition towards low carbon development paths, supporting integration of climate-resilience in national development. In particular, the Low Carbon Development (LCD) Programme provides institutional and technical capacity building on climate finance and emerging mitigation instruments, such as Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The programme enables URC to support countries by facilitating better access to the carbon markets and various finance options in their quest to fully deploy clean energy technologies and reduce carbon emissions.
URC is an integral part of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) and is organizationally a part of the Technical University of Denmark.
The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) is an intergovernmental agency, created via the formalization of the Lima Convention on November 2, 1973, and ratified by 27 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean:
12 countries of South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
8 countries of the Caribbean: Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Dominican Republic.
6 countries of Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
1 country of North America: Mexico;
and 1 participating country: Algeria.
OLADE’S VISION AND MISSION
VISION: OLADE is the political and technical support Organization through which its Member States make joint efforts towards regional and subregional energy integration.
MISSION: To contribute to the region’s integration, sustainable development and energy security, advising and promoting cooperation and coordination among its member countries.
The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is the leading global non-profit business organization created in June 1999 to establish an effective international framework for trading in greenhouse gas emission reductions. Currently comprising of more than 140 leading international companies from OECD and non-OECD countries, IETA¹s membership and outreach covers a broad spectrum of participants from all parts of the emissions trading and climate finance industry in order to make us impartial between sectors, and ideally placed to give a broad view. IETA members seek to develop an emissions trading regime that results in real and verifiable GHG emission reductions, balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity. Member companies include some of the world's leading corporations, including global leaders in oil, electricity, cement, aluminium, chemical, paper, and other industrial sectors; as well as leading firms in the data verification and certification, brokering and trading, legal, finance, and consulting industries.
IETA has formed several partnerships including, among others, the World Bank Group, Eurelectric, WBCSD, California Action Registry, Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) .
With it's headquaters based in Geneva, Switzerland, IETA has offices in Brussels-Belgium, Washington and San Francisco-USA, and in Toronto-Canada, Melbourne-Australia, Seoul-Korea.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports its borrowing member countries adapt to climate change impacts and reduce GHG emissions through lending operations, technical cooperation, and knowledge generation. The IDB’s response to climate change focuses on these sectors:
By 2015, 25% percent of total Bank lending will support operations in climate change, environmental sustainability, and sustainable energy, as stipulated by the IDB’s 2010 Ninth General Capital Increase.
In addition, the IDB also helps LAC countries by providing technical assistance to help them overcome barriers to access to the climate finance, to build the necessary capacities, and to formulate long-term climate change strategies. The IDB also supports its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in designing and developing NAMAs, in particular those aligned with the Bank’s Climate Change Action Plan.
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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, UNDP offers global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
UNDP recognizes the critical need to support developing country governments to build on their existing development strategies and coordination experiences (e.g., National Communications, National Adaptation Plan of Action, National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan, UN Development Assistance Framework, Country Assistance Strategy, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action, etc.) to construct comprehensive policy frameworks that integrate climate and development policies, planning, and action across multiple sectors at national, regional and local levels. UNDP’s technical and financial services for preparing Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development Strategies (LECRDS) strengthen the capacity of national and sub-national governments to transform their development path to a low-emission and ecologically sustainable future. At their request, UNDP supports developing countries to access, combine and sequence various sources of financing for LECRDS and guides countries towards effective implementation.
The World Bank Group’s mission is to end poverty and boost shared prosperity, doing so in ways that promote environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability. It sees climate change as a fundamental threat to development in our lifetime and is helping to scale up climate-friendly policies and finance instruments.
The World Bank Group’s participation in the Latin America Carbon Forum is being coordinated by the CF-Assist team, a capacity building program implemented by the World Bank Group.
The CF-Assist Program supports capacity development in client countries to identify and prioritize low-emission development opportunities, advance on national low emission development strategies and develop investment proposals to attract international climate finance. This program is being financed by the governments of Spain and Switzerland.
CAF, development bank of Latin America, has the mission to promote sustainable development and regional integration by financing projects in the public and private sectors, and provide technical cooperation and other specialized services. Established in 1970 currently with 18 member countries -16 in Latin America and the Caribbean with Spain and Portugal - and 14 private banks, CAF is one of the main sources of multilateral financing and an important creator of knowledge for the region. More information www.caf.com.
was established in 1964 and promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development. The organization works to fulfill this mandate by carrying out three key functions: (1) It functions as a forum for intergovernmental deliberations, supported by discussions with experts and exchanges of experience, aimed at consensus building; (2) It undertakes research, policy analysis and data collection for the debates of government representatives and experts and (3) It provides technical assistance tailored to the specific requirements of developing countries, with special attention to the needs of the least developed countries and of economies in transition. When appropriate, UNCTAD cooperates with other organizations and donor countries in the delivery of technical assistance.