Around 4,000 people from all over the region and many other countries participated in the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week that heard calls for more ambition and stronger collaboration among all levels of government, the private sector and civil society to implement the national climate plans (known as Nationally Determined Contribution, or "NDCs") and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
WMO supports the regional climate weeks, which are organized every year in Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific under the auspices of UN Climate Change and other partners and which provide a platform to mobilize climate action.
WMO organized a side event at the start of the event, 19-23 August, to emphasize on the importance of science based information for planning and tracking emission reduction policies and actions.
WMO is supporting greenhouse gas concentration measurements and analysis to help decision-makers take better-informed action to reduce emissions of GHG and pollutants that reduce air quality through the Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System (IG3IS).
The session showcased successful experiences of the region where atmospheric observations are enabling effective mitigation actions, including the CarboCountCity project in Recife (Brazil) and the MERCI-CO2 project in Mexico City (Mexico).
WMO was one of the organizations supporting the Thematic Block: Infrastructure, cities and Local Action; Urban Areas and Informal Settlements session on Wednesday 21st. The Thematic Block addressed tangible solutions to increase resilience and promote low carbon emission growth in urban areas and informal settlements of Latin America and the Caribbean, showcasing ongoing concrete initiatives and actions.
Key outcomes of the Thematic Block will be delivered and discussed during the UN Climate Action summit on 23 September in New York and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Santiago, Chile, on 2-13 December 2019.
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