Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Webinars provide a people-centred approach to environmental governance

Just one week after Ecuador became the 9th country in Latin America and the Caribbean to ratify the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean also known as the Escazú Agreement, the Elected Representatives of the Public with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC) will be staging two webinars, highlighting the importance of people at the centre of this historic agreement.

The English version of the webinar will be carried out on Thursday, May 28 at 11 am (Chile Time/Saint Lucia Time). The session will be moderated by Karetta Crooks Charles of the Saint Lucia Nationa Trust and Alternate Elected Representative of the Public (Saint Lucia), while Danielle Andrade, attorney-at-law and Main Elected Representative of the Public (Jamaica) will present on the public’s proposals for the significant participation of the public in the Escazú Agreement.

“The Escazú Agreement since inception, throughout the negotiation process and now as we prepare to enter the implementation phase, has always facilitated the active and meaningful participation of the public. In preparation for the first COP it’s important that we continue to facilitate the significant participation of the public,” said Ms Andrade, encouraging the public to participate in the webinars.

Nafesha Richardson (23, from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), the Escazú Youth Champion from the Caribbean will share what she has been doing and her plans to advance the cause in the Caribbean, especially among youth. Escazú Youth Champions, Laura Serna (23, from Colombia) and Nicole Becker (19, from Argentina) will also be sharing their plans at the English webinar. Presiding Officers and government representatives from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Costa Rica will also deliver remarks at the webinars.

Persons interested in participating should email secretaria.escazu@cepal.org. The Spanish version was held on March 27.

Visit the following link below to access the presentations and more information: https://www.cepal.org/en/events/webinar-significant-participation-public-escazu-agreement-preparation-its-entry-force.

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