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ECLAC Will Present New Data on the Impact of Climate Change on the Region's Economies

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8 December 2010|Press Release

The study, which will be launched in Cancún on 8 December, outlines the economic consequences of global warming measured in GDP percentages in different potential scenarios of higher temperatures.

(6 December 2010) Although Latin America and the Caribbean contribute relatively little to global warming, the region suffers its consequences disproportionately. The magnitude of the impact of climate change on the region's economies is examined in an ECLAC report to be presented on 8 December at the Cancún Summit.

Based on its own national and subregional research, the study Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean. Summary 2010, from the United Nations Regional Commission details the main economic effects of global warming in different potential scenarios and suggests options for action to avoid greater damage to the region.

The document will be presented by Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, in a side event to the XVI Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (known as COP 16) to take place in the Mexican resort of Cancún.

The report was carried out in close collaboration with the governments of Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, as well as with the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and a broad network of academic and research institutions.

The problem of climate change is a key part of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's agenda, along with the Millennium Development Goals.

Accredited media at the Cancún Summit are welcome to attend the presentation of the study on 8 December at 10:30 a.m. local time in the European Pavilion of the Cancunmesse.

For exclusive interviews, requests for the report with embargo and other questions, in Cancún your contact is María Amparo Lasso, Head of the ECLAC Public Information and Web Services Section., +56979678306.

At the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters in Mexico City, please contact Pedro Cote,, and in Santiago please contact Angélica Beas,,; telephone: (56 2) 210 2040/2401.