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OAS Organizes Event on “Clean Energy and Transport Solutions in an Urban Hemisphere”

  April 14, 2014

The Organization of American States (OAS) held an event titled “Clean Energy and Transport Solutions in an Urban Hemisphere: Lessons from the Americas,” on April 10 at the Seventh World Urban Forum held in Medellin, Colombia, at which practitioners from four communities in the region discussed strategies and tools to promote the use of clean energy and innovative and practical transportation solutions.

During the event, co-sponsored by the United States Department of State, participants from San José, Costa Rica; Salt Lake City, USA; Baja Verapaz Department, Guatemala; and New York City presented their experiences in developing sustainable transport and clean energy projects, including the role of community engagement.

The Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the OAS, Sherry Tross announced the launch of the second phase of its Sustainable Cities and Communities in the Americas Project, which includes new grant opportunities related to the promotion of urban sustainability. Executive Secretary Tross highlighted that the first 14 grants are almost completed and that “the member states of the OAS have gleaned a vast array of valuable information on capacity building, technology transfer, and citizen participation -- and generated replicable projects, suitable for scaling up throughout the hemisphere of the Americas.”

The OAS authority added that “Success is infectious, and therefore, a new tranche of grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to community associations, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations in OAS member countries in Central America and the Caribbean in order to finance community collaborative Sub-projects across four different pillars -- Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency, Resilience to Natural Hazards, Sustainable Transport Solutions, and Waste Management.”

More information on the program is available here.

Reference: E-150/14