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 DTU Partnership (UDP) - Centre on Climate, Energy and Sustainable Development, is a non-profit UNEP Collaborating Centre established in 1990, hosted by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and governed by a Management and Policy Committee consisting of UNEP, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DTU. UDPs overarching mandate is to support UNEP in implementing its climate change strategy, especially in the areas of low carbon development and climate change adaptation. Through in‐depth research, policy analysis, and capacity building activities, the Centre assists developing countries to transitioning towards low-carbon development paths, and supports the integration of climate change in national development.
Recognized as a leading international research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development, UDP undertakes in-depth research, policy analysis, and capacity building activities provided by its 67 experts and researchers from more than 20 different nationalities. This is supplemented by an extensive network of international collaborating partners, especially in the Global South. In Latin America and the Caribbean, UDP currently manages and implements projects as part of their Technology Needs Assessment program, NAMA-related programmes like FIRM and ADMIRE, as well as the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT).
OLADE is an organization for cooperation, coordination and consultation, with legal status, whose fundamental purpose is the integration, protection, conservation, rational utilization, marketing and defence of the energy resources of the 27 countries in 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.
Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improve lives by providing long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB is the leading source of multilateral development finance to the region, and as such conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to its public and private sector clients.
With respect to the LAC region’s challenge to develop along a low-emissions, climate-resilient pathway in line with the Paris Agreement, the IDB group set the goal to increase finance to tackle climate change to 30 percent of its approvals by 2020 and made it a priority to provide assistance to countries to implement their commitments on climate action (or NDCs, nationally-determined contributions) by translating them into investments plans and bankable projects. Along these lines, the IDB aims to increase the use of innovative instruments to leverage private sector finance to mainstream adaptation and climate resilience in Bank operations, as well as apply a mechanism to assess and reduce climate-related risk of its development portfolio.
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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.
Through UNDP’s extensive work at global, national and regional levels, UNDP has learned that tackling climate change must be central to efforts to reduce poverty and sustain development. UNDP is working to help countries address the challenges of climate change and remains the largest service provider in the UN system on climate change adaptation and mitigation. UNDP supports countries to transition toward low-emission and climate-resilient sustainable development, helps them to prepare for and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and pursue low carbon development pathways that guarantee a cleaner, greener future.
UNDP partners in many global dialogues, including the UNFCCC negotiations, as well as provides on-the-ground technical assistance for the many mechanisms on climate change. In this regard, UNDP has supported more than 140 countries to access and implement climate change initiatives.
Contact: Cayetano Casado, UNDP, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 led by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) within the Climate Change department, and it is fully financed by the CF-Assist Trust Fund, a capacity building program implemented by the World Bank Group.
The CPLC is a voluntary partnership of governments, businesses, and civil society organizations that works to catalyze action toward the successful design and implementation of carbon pricing instruments around the world, helping maintain competitiveness, create jobs, encourage innovation, and achieve meaningful emissions reductions. Twenty-five governments, including Mexico, Colombia, and Chile, and 100+ leading businesses and strategic partners have thus far joined the CPLC to contribute to these efforts.
The CF-Assist Trust Fund 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.
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