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Region360.org Policy Newsletter

May 21 · Issue #10 · View online

We monitor hundreds of bilingual publications and organizations from across the sustainability and climate policy sectors in Latin America. Our human editors vet this content for quality and hand-pick the most stimulating and pertinent policy-related content. We have strong interests on climate adaptation and mitigation, SDG's, water and climate justice, indigenous rights, and gender equity.


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In This Issue: Spotlight on ECLAC’s (CEPAL) Water Dialogues 
Dialogues of Water for the Accelerated and Intersectoral Implementation of SDG 6,“ a virtual event co-hosted by ECLAC, UNESCO PHI-LAC, BMU, and CONAGUA, went live this April 29th. This public dialogue was held with the purpose of highlighting actions required to guarantee adequate sanitation and the sustainable management of water resources by 2030 across Latin America and the Caribbean. 
The speakers, whose affiliations spanned both foreign and regional organizations and governments, generally agreed upon both the current status of water inequity in Latin America and the Caribbean and general action required in order to have any hope of meeting the goals set forth by SDG 6. However, each speaker brought with them the salience of challenges facing their regions of interest, and solutions which reflected their expertise, making this dialogue bold and broad, if a little disorganized. 
For example: Mr. Christian Hellbach, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chile, identified a lack of water access in the region as a double-edged sword, sharpening social inequalities while cutting down opportunities to escape poverty. This perspective was echoed by other speakers, including Ms. Rayen Quiroga, Head of the Water and Energy Unit of the Natural Resources Division of ECLAC, and the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Sciences for Latin America and the Caribbean, Ms. Lidia Brito, both of whom noted the essential nature of water as not only a resource for mitigating social inequalities, but also for sustainable development in the region. However, where Mr. Hellbach highlighted the importance of circular water management and nature-based water management practices, Ms. Quiroga emphasized the importance of collaboration across countries to mitigate water contamination and scarcity. With Chile having recently entered the 10th year of the worst drought conditions seen in over the last half century, and Ms. Quiroga working for a commission dedicated to economic cooperation, it is evident that each party was speaking to their experience and expertise. 
The dialogue highlighted not only the importance of technological innovations, Integrated Water Resources Management, and partnerships across the public and private sectors, but also the vastness and complexity of water resource concerns throughout the region. Ultimately, what hits home are not the specifics of solutions to sanitation and water security problems, but this: though there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to the complex water and sanitation problems plaguing Latin America and the Caribbean, each region can learn from the proposals, projects, and ingenuity of the others, with the objective of eliminating water injustice weaving together disparate communities across diverse territories. 
Happy Reading, 
Shea Cheatham, Water Justice Lab Director, Region360 
Additional Events and Reports  
  • ¿Cómo conectar conocimiento científico con políticas públicas? Recomendaciones para académicos provides some insights for academics looking to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and politics. 
  • Registration for CONVERSATORIO: ¿Por qué las energías renovables ayudan a cuidar el medioambiente? Una visión prospectiva, tecnológica y sostenible. has opened! Virtual conversations hosted on Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5. 
Articles and reports…
Regional, SDG6: Water dialogues in Latin America and the Caribbean to accelerate SDG 6 Regional, SDG6: Water dialogues in Latin America and the Caribbean to accelerate SDG 6
New document: ¿Cómo conectar conocimiento científico con políticas públicas? Recomendaciones para académicos. New document: ¿Cómo conectar conocimiento científico con políticas públicas? Recomendaciones para académicos.
Brazil, indigenous rights (in Portuguese): APIB recorre novamente ao STF para evitar novo genocídio indígena (Photo: Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil) Brazil, indigenous rights (in Portuguese): APIB recorre novamente ao STF para evitar novo genocídio indígena (Photo: Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil)
Perú: No sign of support for the Escazú Agreement from Peru’s presidential hopefuls
New report, SDG13: Regular la contaminación generada por maquinaria, un requisito para afrontar el cambio climático
Regional, SDG12: Desafíos para implementar la REP en América Latina y el Caribe Regional, SDG12: Desafíos para implementar la REP en América Latina y el Caribe
Argentina, SDG8: Formalizar el trabajo de recicladores y acelerar la innovación: dos estrategias para avanzar hacia el reciclaje inclusivo en América Latina Argentina, SDG8: Formalizar el trabajo de recicladores y acelerar la innovación: dos estrategias para avanzar hacia el reciclaje inclusivo en América Latina
Argentina, New report:, Lanzamiento del IAF 2021 Argentina, New report:, Lanzamiento del IAF 2021
Chile, SDG6: Mesa Nacional del Agua define nueva ruta de acción para Chile
Colombia, SDG15: Los retos de la agricultura colombiana frente al cambio climático Colombia, SDG15: Los retos de la agricultura colombiana frente al cambio climático
El Salvador, SDG 16: Detener el autoritarismo, por la defensa de la democracia en El Salvador – Amigos de la Tierra de América Latina y el Caribe
Upcoming and ongoing events…
Upcoming training opportunity: Entrenamiento de cambio climático para América Latina Upcoming training opportunity: Entrenamiento de cambio climático para América Latina
Upcoming event: ¿Por qué las energías renovables ayudan a cuidar el medioambiente?  Upcoming event: ¿Por qué las energías renovables ayudan a cuidar el medioambiente? 
Upcoming talk: La Década de la Restauración
Past event recaps, recordings, and summaries…
México, Event Recording: Gestión sostenible del suelo que promueva su reconocimiento, recuperación, preservación y gobernanza México, Event Recording: Gestión sostenible del suelo que promueva su reconocimiento, recuperación, preservación y gobernanza
Event recording, SDG8: El impacto del COVID-19 en el mundo del trabajo Event recording, SDG8: El impacto del COVID-19 en el mundo del trabajo
Event recording: Diálogos del agua en América Latina y el Caribe. Resultados para el proceso de Bonn 2021 Event recording: Diálogos del agua en América Latina y el Caribe. Resultados para el proceso de Bonn 2021
Event recording, CEPAL: Construir la sociedad del cuidado para una recuperación transformadora Event recording, CEPAL: Construir la sociedad del cuidado para una recuperación transformadora
Event recap, CEPAL: Cities and Housing Provide an Opportunity to Transform Latin America and the Caribbean’s Development Model into a More Inclusive, Egalitarian and Sustainable One
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