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UNFCCC COP25: Realizing the right to participate: empowering people as agents of more effective climate action

ONU UN Side event on SDG 16, led by OHCHR and UNICEF with the support of ECLAC, UN Environment, ILO, UN Women and CBD.

Madrid, Spain - 9 Dec 2019



This session aims to:

1) Highlight the importance of access to information, participation and justice for effective and inclusive climate action.

2) Outline pathways for empowering civil society, indigenous peoples, children, women, and youth national human rights institutions and other key stakeholders in raising ambition for equitable, rights-based, and inclusive mitigation and adaptation approaches;

3) Articulate measures to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all in relation to climate action; and

4) Share good practices of climate actions that ensure biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, and that are participatory and inclusive.


Moderator: Diane Quarless, Director of the Subregional headquarters for the Caribbean, ECLAC

Introductory remarks/keynote:

  • Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • H.E. Eneida de Leon, Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment of Uruguay


  • Pasang Sherpa, Co-Chair of the LCIPP FWG
  • Sara Cognuck, UNICEF Youth Representative, Costa Rica
  • Linda Silas, National President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
  • Misun Woo, Regional Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development

Closing remarks:

  • David Boyd, Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment


9 Dec 2019
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Room 6
28000 Madrid Madrid


Secretariat of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean


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