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Friday, May 8, 2020

(COVID -19) Coronavirus in the Americas Lessons Update 12

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 
COVID-19 (Americas) situation report

PAHO Director calls on each country to analyze trends of the pandemic before relaxing social distancing measures. The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, asked countries to analyze specific trends in the COVID-19 pandemic according to their unique contexts, and warned that reducing social distancing measures “too soon could accelerate the spread of the virus and open the door for a dramatic upsurge or for spread to adjacent areas.”
In a briefing with journalists, Dr. Etienne also expressed her particular concern for Haiti in the context of the pandemic, and warned of the dangers of a large-scale outbreak in that country, which, added to the difficult situation Haiti is going through, could trigger a humanitarian crisis. “A much broader coalition to address a potential health crisis in this country is needed,” said Dr. Etienne
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Policies and Strategies

High Authorities of the Joint Summits Working Group (JSWG) Ratify their Support to the Countries of the Americas in Facing the Health, Socio-economic and Governance Impacts associated with COVID-19. In response to the emergency caused by COVID-19, the High Authorities of the Joint Summit Working Group (JSWG) met this week for the second time to ratify their commitment in support of the member states of the Americas and multilateralism as an instrument to address multiple challenges facing the region in the post-COVID-19 phase.
With this in mind, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) raised the need to work on a thematic agenda that incorporates the specific demands of regional organizations such as SICA (Central American Integration System) and CARICOM (Caribbean Community)... Read more

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Coronavirus in the Americas, live: latest news from Covid-19. América roza las 100.000 muertes por la pandemia. Estados Unidos supera los 75.000 muertos por covid-19. Brasil registra 9.146 decesos hasta este jueves... Read more


OAS and Facebook Launch Initiative to Offer Resilience Tools for MSMEs. The Organization of American States (OAS) and Facebook are launching today a partnership to support the Micro Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) of the region through online training sessions and policy roundtables. The program will help MSMEs face the challenges they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as many of them have been forced to close temporarily due to weak consumer demand, and plummeting foot traffic and social interaction... Read more

Opinion and analysis

A Time to Save the Sick and Rescue the Planet. Addressing climate change and Covid-19 simultaneously and at enough scale requires a response stronger than any seen before to safeguard lives and livelihoods. A recovery from the coronavirus crisis must not take us just back to where we were last summer. It is an opportunity to build more sustainable and inclusive economies and societies — a more resilient and prosperous world. Recently the International Renewable Energy Agency released data showing that transforming energy systems could boost global G.D.P. by $98 trillion by 2050, delivering 2.4 percent more G.D.P. growth than current plans. Boosting investments in renewable energy alone would add 42 million jobs globally, create health care savings eight times the cost of the investment, and prevent a future crisis... Read more
Smoke and steam polluting the air over Poland in 2018 from PGE’s Bełchatów power station, Europe’s largest power plant fired by lignite, also called brown coal.

Weathering the coronavirus storm in the Caribbean
. “This is completely a black swan event. No one saw it coming. It’s affecting every single person on the planet, and we have to muster up courage, first of all, to do the right thing, especially for people who are absolutely desperate and need our help,” says Therese Turner-Jones, general manager of the IDB’s Caribbean Country Department.
Caribbean countries have had to weather many storms in the past, but none that unleashed impacts quite like the coronavirus pandemic. Alongside the lives at stake are millions of livelihoods, and understanding the economic forces at work is essential to planning a way forward for the region
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Coronavirus in the Caribbean

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Elections in Times of Pandemic. States must guarantee the right to life and health. Furthermore, they are responsible for protecting democratic values ​​and guaranteeing respect for the constitutional order established in each country. Electoral processes, particularly the pre-electoral stage and on election day, involve mass meetings or community events, for example: campaign activities, training of table members, preparation of electoral material, attendance of citizens at their polling station. voting, among others. In light of the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid the agglomeration of people, the electoral authorities are faced with the challenge of carrying out electoral processes while safeguarding the health of citizens and of the the electoral servants... Read more


LIVE! A Shock Like No Other: The Impact of the Pandemic on Commodities. World Bank webinar... Watch now

Friday, May 1, 2020

(COVID -19) Coronavirus in the Americas Lessons Update 11

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 
COVID-19 (Americas) situation report

PAHO Director calls for continued immunization to avoid risk of other outbreaks during COVID-19 pandemic. The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today urged for vaccination programs to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press briefing updating the situation, Dr Etienne said, “until a vaccine for COVID19 is available, immunizations can and must be delivered by the health services alongside the response” to the pandemic. If countries fail to do this, “the impact on our health systems would take months or even years to reverse,” she added.

A priority for countries, she said, is to “vaccinate to protect health workers, the elderly and vulnerable populations from other respiratory infections, such as influenza and pneumococcus, which can lead to more hospitalizations and may be harder to diagnose in the context of COVID-19.”...Read more

Policies and Strategies

CIM of the OAS Launches Document on Differential Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Women. The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), has released the document “COVID-19 in Women´s Lives: Reasons to Recognize Differential Impacts.” The document, which responds to the needs that the CIM identified during meetings with the Ministers and high-level authorities on women and gender, experts from the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará Convention (MESECVI) and women's organizations, offers a broad overview of the differentiated impacts of the crisis on women, paying special attention to the most vulnerable groups. In addition, it proposes guidelines for the design of actions and public policies based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination and the need to implement affirmative action measures... Read more

Inter-American Network on Afro-descendant Population Policies Warns of Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic in these CommunitiesThe Inter-American Network of High Authorities on Policies for Afro-descendant Populations (RIAFRO, for its initials in Spanish) warned of the disproportionate impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the virus that generates the COVID-19 disease, on the Afro-descendant population in the region. The Network highlighted that structural racism, inequality and the historical discrimination of which the Afro-descendant population has been, and continues to be, a victim, generates a situation of even greater vulnerability to the effects of the pandemic in relation to the general population... Read more


Coronavirus in the Americas, live: latest news from Covid-19. The Government of Mexico predicts that the peak of the coronavirus crisis will begin in five days. Peru exceeds 1,000 deaths from the pandemic. The Bolivian Senate approves calling presidential elections before August 2... Read more


Training for the unemployed: Coursera grants access to online learning at no cost. As a response to the Covid-19 crisis, on April 24th, COURSERA, recognized as one of the major online learning platforms in the world, launched a program to grant the unemployed free access to its courses, through an alliance with governments. Now, government agencies serving unemployed populations can access more than 3,800 courses and 400 specializations, in order to support training and reskilling, and re-enter the workforce. The OAS is currently exploring a partnership with COURSERA.... Read more

The South Korean Experience: How is the country facing the challenges or COVID19? Mr. Min Kim, Chief, Global Cooperation Section KERIS (Korea Education and Research Information Service)... Read more


The fast and the curious. As a pandemic emerges, UNDP’s Accelerator Labs mark a year of asking the right questions. Whether it’s climate change, plummeting biodiversity rates, or unchecked consumption and waste, we already face unprecedented planetary challenges.
Now, the coronavirus COVID-19 has added an extra, deadly layer of complexity to the paths we must forge.
And we have a very limited time left in which to make the big changes that will create a sustainable and just future.
Now more than ever, there are no one-size-fits-all answers; new ways of thinking are needed... Read more


Opinion and analysis

Ideas for better taxation in the post-crisis of COVID-19The surprising global economic crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) will have notable economic consequences. Against this background, our countries are adopting measures to mitigate the situation and that its consequences do not last over time. Some of them will mean an increase in health spending and transfers to vulnerable sectors, which, together with the foreseeable fall in income, will generate even greater public deficits. In the short term, these deficits will be financed with an expansion of the debt, but after the reactivation phase, in many cases the time for tax policy will come.
In our opinion, at that time, the measures adopted in this regard should be guided by four guidelines
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Connectivity is a public good: Let’s act accordingly, now and tomorrow. One and a half billion. That’s the number of children who need online schooling due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). While some parents worry about the quality of education their children will receive in a virtual setting, online education is still not even a remote possibility for millions of unconnected kids across the world. Amid social distancing, connectivity is what keeps us informed and employed; it maintains our mental and even physical well-being. For those without internet access, the economic and social impact of the pandemic will be even more colossal.
In the battle against COVID-19, digital technologies are front and center. Countries that do not have the infrastructure for widespread broadband are bracing for the worst... Read more
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The Effects of COVID-19 on Indigenous Communities and Tourism in the U.S. and Canada. While many indigenous communities have relied on tourism as a source of income, an incentive to preserve their natural and cultural heritage and an opportunity to share their stories with visitors, the recent COVID-19 pandemic has brought tourism to a halt across North America and across the world.
How have indigenous communities been impacted by the spread of the virus? How are tribes protecting their people from the impact of the virus, both in terms of the health of their people as well as the impact on and livelihoods? The Organization of American States and the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies in collaboration with the Bureau of Indian Affairs invite you to attend a conversational webinar on the particular challenges that COVID-19 is bringing to Indigenous communities and tourism...  Register now

Digital Government. La revolución digital ya está presente en muchos aspectos de nuestra vida, ¿y en nuestros gobiernos?

Para seguir el ritmo de ciudadanos hiperconectados y del comercio que ahora es cada vez más digital, los gobiernos no se pueden quedar atrás. Read more

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

(COVID -19) Coronavirus in the Americas Lessons Update 10

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 
COVID-19 (Americas) situation report

‘No evidence’ that recovered COVID-19 patients cannot be reinfected, says WHO. In a scientific brief issued on Friday, the UN health agency said there was no proof that one-time infection could lead to immunity, and “laboratory tests that detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 [the virus that causes COVID-19] in people...need further validation to determine their accuracy and reliability.”
“Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an 'immunity passport' or 'risk-free certificate' that would enable individuals to travel or to return to work assuming that they are protected against re-infection,” said WHO, adding: “There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.”...Read more

Policies and Strategies

OAS Launches Portal of Consultations, Forums and Repository on the World during and after the Pandemic. The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) launched a Portal of Consultations, Forums, and Repository about the world during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of the Portal is to become an essential forum in which citizens, government officials, civil society and other groups can propose ideas and initiatives that can later become real projects to be implemented with a priority objective: guarantee more rights for all people, beyond the pandemic... Read more

Tap youth talent to tackle COVID-19 crisis and beyond, UN chief tells Security CouncilThe UN Secretary-General issued a four-point call to action for the Council, urging members to do more to address the various challenges facing young people. He also called for investment in youth participation, but also in their organizations and initiatives.

“We must strengthen human rights protections and protect the civic space on which youth participation depends”, he continued.
“And fourth, we must emerge from the COVID-19 crisis with a determination to recover better – massively increasing our investment in young people’s capacities as we deliver the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are considered the blueprint for a better future for all people and the planet... Read more
The Missing Peace: Independent Progress Study on Youth, Peace and ...

Coronavirus in the Americas, live: latest news from Covid-19. 566 Mexicans have died in the US from the pandemic. 54% of Brazilians are in favor of an ‘impeachment’ against Bolsonaro, according to a survey. Chile defends a "medical discharge card" despite the doubts of the WHO... Read more


The RIAC Covid-19 Ideas Accelerator. Under SEDI’s Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC), the Organization of American States (OAS) launched this platform to identify and share solution-driven innovative products and services to address some of the most pressing needs generated by COVID-19 (such as low-cost ventilators, masks, sanitizing materials, mobile apps, open collaborative platforms, and more).
The purpose of the platform is to share good practices to support government authorities, local leaders, academic experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs from the Americas and beyond engaged in efforts to address the Covid-19 pandemic. Facilitating collaboration opportunities with timely information, contact points, and new technologies can provide valuable resources for leaders and policymakers... 
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COVID-19: Map of Solutions and Suppliers. This map shows the products and services offered by companies in Latin America and the Caribbean and the rest of the world as a potential solution to the different challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic... Read more

Opinion and analysis

COVID-19: We are all YanomamiThis indigenous group in Brazil has experienced tragedy and neglect throughout its history. The potentially devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic should not be overlooked. 
Fatal epidemics are not uncommon for the Yanomami people. However, on April 9, many around the world were surprised to learn that COVID-19 had claimed its first victim among those indigenous people from the Amazon jungle who still live relatively isolated along the border between Brazil and Venezuela... Read more
The Yanomami Indian community of Irotatheri, in the Amazonas State in Venezuela.

Recommended Events - Past & Future

World Bank. How Can we Sustain Jobs and Provide Safety Nets for those Most in Need? Live conversation with Michal Rutkowski. Global Director, Social Protection & Jobs, World Bank... Watch now

Humanitarian needs and challenges of the migrant population in the response to Covid-19. This second webinar in the series organized by CEPREDENAC addressed the following topics: Situation of migrants under COVID-19 Impact of COVID-19 as a biological threat to migrants Humanitarian needs and challenges of the migrant population in the response to COVID-19 Including migrants and displaced populations in preparedness and response activities before COVID-19... Watch now

Friday, April 24, 2020

(COVID -19) Coronavirus in the Americas Lessons Update 9

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 
COVID-19 (Americas) situation report

PAHO Director calls to accelerate and expand testing for COVID-19 in the Americas. Washington, DC, April 21, 2020 (PAHO) -The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today called for accelerated and expanded testing for COVID-19 in countries of the Americas. “We need a clearer view of where the virus is circulating and how many people have been infected in order to guide our actions,” she said.
Speaking at a virtual press briefing, Dr. Etienne said, “The pandemic continues to impact our region, and it’s vital for all countries to actively embrace preventive measures, while preparing for more cases, hospitalizations and deaths.”
Dr. Etienne highlighted PAHO’s recommendations for countries: to expand their capacity and use all available national laboratories; to prioritize patients with symptoms, tracing contacts and following up with those that may be infected; and to ensure access for all so testing would be free of charge for patients... Read more

Policies and Strategies

OAS Launched Virtual Community of the Emergency and Security Systems of the Americas. The Organization of American States (OAS) today presented the Virtual Platform of Emergency and Security Systems (EMS) a mechanism to support the countries of the region to face the challenges that COVID19 represents for the operations of emergency and security systems.
The Community, presented by the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro; the Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, Farah Urrutia; and the Chair of the Subsidiary Technical Group for Emergency and Security Services and Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the OAS, Ambassador Carlos Játiva, is a common space where authorities and experts in the region can exchange, share and consult information, materials and tools, and access a series of resources to deal with the situation in real time and free of charge... Read more

Educational Portal of the Americas | Portal Educativo de las Américas

Human rights ‘uplift everyone’; must guide COVID-19 recovery response, says UN chief. Noting his February Call to Action to put human dignity and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the core of the UN’s work, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that today the world is facing “the biggest international crisis in generations”, stressing that human rights “cannot be an afterthought”. 

He emphasized that “people and their rights must be front and centre”, and that human rights “can and must guide COVID-19 response and recovery”. 
Human rights responses can not only help beat the pandemic by putting a focus on the imperative of healthcare for everyone, but also serve as an essential warning system — highlighting who is suffering most, why, and what can be done about it... Read more

Prevention of violence against women against COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the same time as we face the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, as in all regions of the world, it is urgent to face another pandemic that cannot be left in the shadows: violence against women and girls.
This human rights violation affects an average of one in three women throughout their lives1 and, in 2018 alone, resulted in at least 3,800 victims of femicides / feminicides. Although these figures seem very high, it is estimated that the real magnitude of the phenomenon is underestimated and that the health emergency is making it even worse.
In order to guide public, private, civil society and international community actors, this document collects some preliminary data on the impact of the pandemic on violence against women and girls and offers strategies, recommendations, and some promising practices to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls in the face of COVID-19... Read more

World Bank Predicts Sharpest Decline of Remittances in Recent History. Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country. Remittances to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent to $445 billion, representing a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households... Read more

The World Bank Working for a World Free of Poverty

Coronavirus in the Americas, live: latest news from Covid-19. The United States adds more than 50,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. Sergio Moro resigns as Minister of Justice of Brazil after colliding with Bolsonaro. Hundreds of prisoners mutiny in a Buenos Aires jail after the first positive case... Read more


Call for institutions to incorporate their online courses into the Educational Portal of the Americas. The Department of Human Development, Education and Employment of the Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI) of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (SG / OAS) is pleased to open the call for institutions to incorporate their virtual courses into the offer of the Educational Portal of the Americas.
These training opportunities will contribute to meet the development needs of OAS member states by making a vital investment in human capital. Participating institutions will have the possibility of co-certifying different online training programs with the OAS. This call also hopes to include and give visibility to new areas of knowledge on the educational platform... Read more
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Iklox. In the face of the health crisis that is hitting everyone by Covid-19, it has decided to provide free training to all those who seek it in these difficult days. Students who successfully complete each of the courses in which they have enrolled will be able to obtain their free accreditation badge. This free training will be enabled throughout the year for all the courses in the catalog. In addition, until May 31, 2020, in some courses that we have been recommending weekly, students can freely download all the course documentation and the certificate / diploma... Read more


Opinion and analysis

The Boom of Online Learning. The Mexican dancer Alejandra Salas was removed by the pandemic caused by the coronavirus. Quarantine has prevented him from working on professional projects. A setback that, far from discouraging her, has allowed her to focus on her future and the skills she has been developing all her life. "What I can do right now is sharpen my tools when the pandemic ends, and being a dancer those are my body and my muscles, that's why I am taking dance classes every day from home," says Alejandra, who graduated less one year. 
He says that as the doors closed throughout the city, he discovered that the art world was opening online. The free course offerings came from famous academies and great dancers from New York, Mexico or Berlin. Suddenly, from his living room, he found himself taking courses from the prestigious Martha Graham Dance Company: "at no time did I think I was going to be able to take a class of that level, as is given in New York." Alexandra can now diversify her skills by exploring dance styles she could never have afford before, from hip-hop to ballet, jazz or bollywood... Read more

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CONVERSATORIO: Desafíos de la gobernabilidad democrática ante el COVID-19 y la promoción de los principios de gobierno abierto. Discussion objective: Open consultation with civil society on possible fields of action of the OAS on issues of democratic governance in the face of the emergency of COVID-19 and promotion of the principles of open government (transparency, accountability, collaboration, and participation) throughout initiative to be carried out by governments. This with the purpose of contributing to the search for joint, consensual, concrete, focused and transparent responses to the fight against COVID-19 in the region. The inputs obtained will be shared with the other international institutions of the Joint Summit Working Group for the development of joint initiatives... Read more

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

(COVID -19) Coronavirus in the Americas Lessons Update 8

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) 
COVID-19 (Americas) situation report

UN agencies issue urgent call to fund the global emergency supply system to fight COVID-19. Dear donor community, Humanity is collectively facing its most daunting challenge since the Second World War. COVID-19 knows no borders, spares no country or continent, and strikes indiscriminately. By all accounts, we are at least 12 months away from a vaccine.
In this race against an invisible enemy, all countries must fight back, but not all begin from the same starting line. In countries where the world’s most vulnerable need humanitarian aid and supplies to beat back the pandemic, cancelled flights and disrupted supply routes hit disproportionately hard. It is in everyone’s interest to stop the virus from spreading unchecked, destroying lives and economies, and continuing to circle around the world... Read more

Policies and Strategies

General Secretariat Supports President Alvarado's Proposal: Provide Access to Financing under Exceptional Conditions for Middle-Income Countries. The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) supports the initiative of the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado: to protect life and reduce the impact on the economy, middle-income developing countries must access financing in exceptional conditions.

The General Secretariat supports the proposal of President Alvarado who said: "in line with what was announced by the IMF (International Monetary Fund) I call for budgetary support rates to be zero and fixed, as well as long-term."

This initiative is one of the IMF's policy recommendations indicating that measures to face the COVID-19 pandemic must prioritize life and avoid breaking value chains with initiatives such as the transfer of cash and soft loans to homes and businesses... Read more

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2020 Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report. The novel coronavirus is taking a huge toll across the world, and governments in Latin America and the Caribbean are right to take aggressive measures to save lives. Within a matter of weeks, the macroeconomic outlook for the region has changed dramatically. Financing costs have risen, commodities fallen, and large losses of GDP now seem unavoidable. However, the self-imposed partial closure of the economy is anything but a normal recession, and typical countercyclical demand management, both fiscal and monetary, is likely to be inconducive... Read more

Dimension the effects of COVID-19 to think about the reactivation. The objective of this second Special Report prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on the evolution and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean is to measure its economic effects in the short and medium term in the region. For the short term, that is, in the course of 2020, estimates of the dynamics of production and employment are presented based on the information available as of April 17, 2020, covering all the subregions of Latin America and the Caribbean and many of their economies. Likewise, the main macroeconomic policy measures to face the effects of the pandemic announced up to that date are detailed... Read more

Alicia Bárcena, Secretaria Ejecutiva de la CEPAL

Coronavirus in the Americas, live: latest news from Covid-19. México declara el comienzo de la fase 3 de la pandemia. México y EE UU acuerdan extender 30 días más las restricciones al tránsito en su frontera | Las ventas de empresas en Argentina han caído más del 64% por la cuarentena... Read more


e-Discussion on Women’s Leadership in the COVID-19 Response. With nearly two million cases and over one hundred thousand deaths deplored, the stakes are too high to ignore women’s voices and the perspectives and resources they bring to the table. This e-Discussion raises awareness about the lack of women’s leadership and representation in relief and recovery decision-making and on the importance of incorporating gender-sensitive responses during and after the crisis. Women and men in politics, civil society activists, practitioners and researchers are invited to join this e-Discussion from 15 April to 8 May 2020. The submissions will contribute to the elaboration of a Consolidated Reply that will augment the knowledge base available on the topic... Read more

Opinion and analysis

An Uncertain Energy Future. With a pandemic on the march, economies in near-paralysis, and a collapse in oil prices to boot, the energy sector is facing a new set of uncertainties. How might these factors shape the region’s long-term energy future? How will oil-exporting countries fare? Will the momentum for renewable energy falter? Are there new opportunities to improve resilience? These are just some of the questions experts from around the Americas have been tackling as they examine a world that has been upended in a matter of weeks... Read more

The culture of Earth Day. When Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, many people wondered if the end might be near. Concern was fervent enough, in fact, that 20 million Americans — 10 percent of the population — packed demonstrations and teach-ins in cities and towns around the nation.
Nobel-winning Harvard biochemist George Wald articulated the fears in a speech later that year at the University of Rhode Island, warning that civilization would end within 15 to 30 years unless immediate action were taken against threats facing mankind, including pollution, overpopulation, and potential nuclear war... Read more

Student in gas mask "smalls" a flower in New York on the first Earth Day.

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Art + Environment: An Essential Dialog. The AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) wishes health and safety to you and yours. The museum is currently closed due to COVID 19 restrictions. We are pleased to present ART + ENVIRONMENT: An Essential Dialog, in partnership with Earth Day Network, through the Zoom Virtual Conferencing Platform.
Earth Day Panel Talk: Art and Our Environment: An Essential Dialog, in conjunction with the exhibition DIALOG: Landscape and Abstraction | Freya Grand and AMA’s Permanent Collection... Read more

COVID 19 cycle of presentations on the development of the pandemic in Spain. Educational Format, in alliance with the OAS, has organized a series of presentations aimed at transferring information on the development of the COVID19 Pandemic during the past weeks in Spain, starting that the process in the slowdown phase is currently estimated. Educational Format is an International Business School with more than 10 years of experience in training of professionals from all over Latin America. In the 11 completed editions of his programs, it has trained more than 4,000 professionals. The objective of this action is to provide some useful information to the sectors most related to the management of the crisis in Latin America... Read more

Landscape Roundtable | Territorial Perspectives for Development. Join FAO and EcoAgriculture for the next Landscape Roundtable to hear about the most recent developments on territorial perspectives for development and their links with integrated landscape management.

This Roundtable will explore the insights and innovations of territorial approaches, and their relationship with integrated landscape management and rural-urban linkages... Read more

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