Climate Change in Latin America

Cartagena de Indias, 31 March 2016 – Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment committed on Thursday to accelerate collective action on a set of priorities ranging from climate change and air quality to safe management of chemicals, ahead of the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, in May.

Latin America and the Caribbean are responsible for less than ten per cent of gobal greenhouse gas emissions yet the region is at the forefront of efforts to tackle them. All of Costa Rica’s electricity in 2015 came from renewable sources and all of Brazil and Uruguay’s new electricity generation tenders since 2013 have been won by solar and wind technologies.

The Latin America and Caribbean region will continue to support the implementation of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), promote environmental education, and support the full implementation of the Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.

Argentina and Paraguay will host the 21st Forum of Ministers of Environment in 2018.

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