Escazú Agreement’s regionally rooted legal innovations: Why they matter for people and nature and what’s next?

18 October 2021 at 10 am Eastern Time/4 pm Central European Time   –  Online

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In partnership with the Stockholm University and UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Environmental Governance Programme is convening a dialogue series on the implementation of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (Escazú Agreement). This dialogue series is co-sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights), and Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), as part of a broader partnership on the UN General Secretary Global Call for Action on Human Rights.

The opening session “Escazú Agreement’s regionally rooted legal innovations: Why they matter for people and nature and what’s next?” will set the scene of the Dialogue Series Escazú Agreement, Human Rights and Healthy Ecosystems in the context of the connections between the Escazu Agreement, biodiversity-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements, and the UN Secretary-General’s Global Call to Action on Human Rights -which calls on the United Nations system to support Member States to advance laws and policies that regulate and promote ‘the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.’ The objectives of the Dialogue Series will also be presented.

In the roundtable part of this session, we will discuss lessons learned and good practices by Latin American and Caribbean countries that can serve to implement the Escazú Agreement, build sustainable recovery strategies and achieve the SDGs with a focus on national jurisprudence and existing national laws, regulations and policies relevant to specifying the content of the right to a healthy environment grounded in realities of the region, as well as on NHRIs experience monitoring and advising the domestic implementation of international instruments and in ”bridging” duty-bearers and right-holders.

In this session the Procurador of the NHRI of El Salvador, José Apolonio Tobar, will attend as a speaker on behalf of GANHRI.  The duration of the session is 90 minutes.

You can find the agenda of the dialogue series here.

Learn more about the Escazú Agreement, Human Rights and Healthy Ecosystems dialogue series here.