United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): UNEP is the United Nations system's 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, our approach aims at reducing barriers to market development, building capacities, and easing the costs and risks of entry of new actors, in both the public and private sectors. As a founding member of the Nairobi Framework, UNEP works with other UN agencies and partners, and UNDP in particular, on a range of activities to help developing countries become more active in the carbon market.

Contact: John Christensen, UNEP joch@risoe.dtu.dk,

WEB: www.unep.org


UNEP Risø Center, URC: UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) supports the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in its aim to incorporate environmental aspects into energy planning and policy worldwide, with a special emphasis to assist developing countries.

URC, formerly known as UNEP Collaborating Centre on Energy and Environment (UCCEE), is sponsored by UNEP, the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida) and Risoe National Laboratory.

Reflecting the needs of developing countries to make the CDM operational, the United Nations Environmental Program - UNEP, through the UNEP Risø Centre, is implementing a project on Capacity Development for the CDM - CD4CDM - with funding from the government of the Netherlands. The overall objective of the CD4CDM is to enable a friendly bussiness & regulatory environment for the CDM in developing countries by establishing & strengthening institutional capacities and by creating human capabilities to approve, formulate, implement and monitor CDM projects in the target countries.

Contact: Miriam Hinostroza, URC milh@risoe.dtu.dk
WEB: http://uneprisoe.org/ and http://cd4cdm.org/


Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE): The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) is an intergovernmental agency, created via the formalization of the Lima Convention on November 2, 1973, and ratified by 26 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean:

12 countries of South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

7 countries of the Caribbean: Barbados, 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.


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.

Contact: Eduardo Noboa, OLADE eduardo.noboa@olade.org
WEB: http://www.olade.org/ (at the main page go to Projects/Energy and Climate Change/Documents with CIDA support).


International Emissions Trading Association (IETA): The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is a non-profit business organization created in June 1999 to establish a functional international framework for trading in GHG emission reductions. As of April 2010, IETA comprises more than 180 international companies from OECD and non-OECD countries. IETA membership includes leading international companies from across the carbon trading cycle that seek to develop an emissions trading regime which results in real and verifiable GHG emission reductions, while balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity. The organization works for the development of an active, global GHG market, consistent across national boundaries. IETA upholds its principles by acting as a think tank, a facilitator of dialogues, an advocate, a market promoter and acting as a body that is able to drive market standards.

IETA has formed several partnerships including, among others, the World Bank, Eurelectric, WBCSD and the California Climate Action Registry, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the San Francisco Carbon Collaborative. With it's headquaters based in Geneva, Switzerland, IETA has offices in Brussels-Belgium, Washington and San Francisco-USA, and in Ottawa-Canada.

Contact: Lisa Spafford, IETA spafford@ieta.org
WEB: http://www.ieta.org/


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): Established in 1964, UNCTAD promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development. UNCTAD’s Climate Change Programme has a significant role to play in the international climate change debate on the effects of – and policy responses to – global climate change, as well as to the United Nations-wide response strategy. In particular, the programme focuses in addressing the economic aspects of climate change and its trade and development implications. Through its analytical, technical and capacity-building expertise, the programme assists developing countries in identifying opportunities under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and in designing low-carbon-intensive development strategies to attract investments in areas where national advantages exist. It is also involved in the implementation of the Nairobi Framework, a standing effort in promoting inter-agency collaboration and coordination, which aims to help developing countries, to improve their level of participation in the CDM.

Contact: Lucas Assunção, lucas.assuncao@unctad.org,

WEB: http://www.unctad.org/


Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. We aim to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.  Established in 1959, we are the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability.  Besides loans, we also provide grants, technical assistance and do research. Our shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership of the IDB.

Support to Carbon Finance in IDB is part of its Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative (SECCI), the goals of which are centered on the provision of comprehensive sustainability options in areas related to the energy, transportation, water and environmental sectors as well as building climate resilience in key priority areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The Initiative consists of four strategic pillars: (i) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; (ii) Sustainable Biofuel Development; (iii) Improving Access to Carbon Markets and (iv) Adaptation to Climate Change.  

The SECCI pillar “Improving Access to Carbon Markets” is currently active in four main areas: (a) technical assistance to developers of carbon projects in project identification and the carbon cycle; (b) Capacity building through the Carbon Finance Knowledge Network, with dedicated events starting July 2010 and a dynamic webpage to be launched October 2010; (c) the Planet Banking initiative to increase the role in carbon markets of commercial banks, stock exchanges and national development banks and (d) the Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Action Plan (REST), under which the transport and climate change teams of IDB have been undertaking efforts to pilot the concept of “nationally appropriate mitigation actions” (NAMAs) for urban mobility and national logistical systems.

Contact: Maria Netto, Inter-American Development Bank, MNetto@iadb.org
WEB: http://www.iadb.org/ y http://www.iadb.org/secci



The World Bank: The World Bank's mission is to help developing countries and their people reach the goals of poverty alleviation and sustainable development by working with our partners. The World Bank Group concentrates on building the climate for investment, jobs and sustainable growth, paying special attention to investing in and empowering poor people to participate in development. Addressing global climate change through market development is an important component of the overall mission. The World Bank has played a pioneering role in engendering the carbon market, and so far has utilized over $2 billion in promoting carbon mitigation projects, including in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Capacity building and technical assistance to developing countries is an important endeavor of the World Bank, which complements its carbon finance activities. Carbon Finance Assist (CF-Assist) is the World Bank's flagship capacity building program implemented by the World Bank Institute (www.cfassist.org). The basic objective of CF-Assist is to ensure that developing countries are able to fully participate in the flexible mechanisms defined under the Kyoto Protocol. It responds to a high demand from Bank client countries to build capacity at national and local levels, disseminate lessons learned from carbon business operations, and build a broad pipeline of projects that address countries? sustainable development objectives.

Contact: Marcos Castro, WORLD BANK  mcastrorodriguez@worldbank.org
WEB: http://www.worldbank.org/

Contact: Inmaculada Valle Furio, WORLD BANK - CF Assist Program
WEB: http://www.cfassist.org/


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Vision: By 2020 the Dominican Republic has improved its ability to adapt to climate change, reducing the vulnerability to it, improving the quality of human life and health of ecosystems and contributed to the stabilization of greenhouse gas emissions without compromising efforts to combat poverty and sustainable development, promoting the transition to an economic growth with low carbon emissions.

Mission: Develop, design and implement public policies necessary for the prevention and mitigation of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emissions, adaptation to the adverse effects of climate change and promote development of programs, projects and strategies for climate action relating to compliance with the commitments made by the Dominican Republic in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and derivatives thereof, particularly the Kyoto Protocol.


  • The climate change strategy must go hand in hand with the challenges of climate and social justice, equity, solidarity, institutional cooperation and efforts to combat poverty and sustainable development.

  • Prevalence of the precautionary principle in every action taken.

  • The scientific uncertainty will prevail in the climate change research.

  • Transparency and accountability in the management of financial resources from the various sources that the institution receives.

  • Honesty and accountability in the public administration for the management of climate change .

  • Commitment to the central government's policy guidelines and advice in the climate change issue at all levels of government and civil society in the country.

Contact: Omar Ramírez Tejada, Secretary of State and CNCCMDL Executive Vice President.

               Emails: despacho@cambioclimatico.gob.do and onmdl@cambioclimatico.gob.do
WEB: http://www.cambioclimatico.gob.do/




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