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The effective and coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda in Guyana through the Escazú Agreement

The present workshop will seek to analyze how the Escazú Agreement contributes to the implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda in an effective and coherent manner in Guyana. To that end, it will specifically review key provisions of the Escazú Agreement and analyze national strengths, weaknesses and opportunities considering the current legislative and policy framework. It will also seek to identify gaps, needs and priorities and set the stage for national strategies and plans of action to more effectively implement the Escazú Agreement in the context of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda.

Georgetown, Guyana - 14 Aug 2019

Description

The objectives of the workshop are:
- to raise awareness on the role of the Escazú Agreement in the implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda;
- to undertake a national gap analysis and determine priority areas to enhance environmental democracy and access rights in light of the provisions of the Escazú Agreement and internationally agreed goals; and,
- to devise future steps in the national implementation of the Escazú Agreement in pursuit of the environmental pillar of sustainable development.

Programme

9–9.30 Opening remarks

  • Ndibi Schwiers, Director, Department of Environment, Ministry of the Presidency, Guyana
  • Mikiko Tanaka, UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana

9.30-10.30 Achieving regional sustainable development: key aspects from an environmental perspective

  • Overview of the Escazú Agreement and synergies with the 2030 Agenda, Multilateral Environmental Agreements and other international processes
  • David Barrio Lamarche, Environmental Affairs Officer, UN ECLAC
  • The role of civil society in the environmental dimension of sustainable development
  • Danielle Andrade-Goffe, Attorney-at-law, Jamaica
  • Karetta Crooks-Charles, Communication Officer, Saint Lucia National Trust
  • Melinda Janki, The Justice Institute of Guyana, Guyana
  • Q & A / Discussion with participants

10:30 – 11:30 Stocktaking on the environmental dimension of sustainable development through the lens of the Escazú Agreement

  • Status of environmental access rights in Guyana
  • Gap analysis, priorities and opportunities for action
  • Q & A / Discussion with participants

11:30 – 11:45 Health break

11:45 – 12:15 Moving towards effective implementation of the Escazú Agreement and the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda

  • Enabling activities, strategies and roadmaps
  • Experiences at the regional/sub-regional level
  • Q & A / Discussion with participants

12:15-12:30 Conclusions and closing remarks

Attachments

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14 Aug 2019
Meetings and technical symposiums
Environmental Protection Agency
Boardroom
Georgetown
Guyana

Contact

Secretariat of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean
secretaria.escazu@cepal.org
www.cepal.org/acuerdodeescazu
www.cepal.org/en/escazuagreement

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