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During the 2008-2009 biennium, the Division continued to work on the interrelationships between economic growth, environmental protection, urban development and social equity. Technical cooperation and studies carried out by the Division have strengthened the capacity of the countries of the region to assess their progress towards sustainable development through the generation of empirical information and the construction of sustainability indicators for objectively measuring the magnitude of the economic, social and environmental costs associated with their development strategies at national and subnational levels. Eight studies on climate change mitigation, including evaluation of carbon markets and economic adaptation in the Latin American and Caribbean region, were undertaken jointly with national government institutions of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the Plurinational State of Bolivia and Uruguay. These studies are summarized in the publication Economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean —Summary 2009, which was presented at the fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15) (Copenhagen, Denmark, December 2009).

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