3 August 2020 | Briefing note
In his July 2020 brief analyzing the impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean and containing policy options and recommendations to face this situation, the United Nations Secretary-General indicates that the Escazú Agreement is “a valuable tool to seek people-centred solutions grounded in nature.”
23 August 2019 | Briefing note
In the framework of the 1st Regional Congress of Legal clinics “from the streets to the courts: the reality of clinical education in Latin America” organized by the Faculty of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), the first meeting of environmental legal clinics took place on 8 and 10 August 2019 with the participation of Faculties of Law of Universities in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru.
22 July 2019 | Briefing note
22 May 2019 | Briefing note
The 6th Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), was held in Fort-de-France, Martinique, between 15 and 17 May 2019, under the theme “Towards a Sustainable Caribbean Society: Reinforcing Strategic and Durable Partnerships for Advancing Sustainable Development in the Eastern Caribbean.”
17 May 2019 | Briefing note
At the Second Uruguayan Congress of Environmental Law, organized by the National Directorate of Environment (DINAMA) of the Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment, the Center for Environmental Law (CDA-Uruguay) of the Faculty of Law (University of the Republic), and the Commission on Environmental Law of the Bar Association of Uruguay, was held in Montevideo on 14 and 15 May 2019.
26 April 2019 | Briefing note
The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (“Escazú Agreement”) was highlighted on numerous occasions during the Third Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, held at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago from 24 to 26 April 2019.
26 April 2019 | Briefing note
The plenary of the Andean Parliament, in its Ordinary Session held between 23 and 25 April 2019, adopted the declaration “for the signature and ratification of the Escazú agreement by the countries of the Andean Parliament.”
1 April 2019 | Briefing note
In its capacity as technical secretariat of the Escazú Agreement, ECLAC participated in the "Regional expert meeting on emerging human rights and planetary human responsibilities" and the "Regional symposium on planetary human responsibilities in the context of the climate crisis: contributions for the global debate on the rights of future generations in the international system", that took place in Cusco (Peru) between 27 and 28 March 2019.
20 March 2019 | Briefing note
In its 40th Session, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted without a vote Resolution A/HRC/40/L.22/Rev.1 “Recognizing the contribution of environmental human rights defenders to the enjoyment of human rights, environmental protection and sustainable development."
3 March 2019 | Briefing note
In his last report to the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on the issue of human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, David R. Boyd, focused on the right to breathe clean air. He also described the negative impact of air pollution on the enjoyment of many human rights, in particular the right to life and the right to health, in particular by vulnerable groups.
12 December 2018 | Briefing note
The recently adopted Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (“Escazú Agreement”) was highlighted in two events during the 24th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice, Poland.
26 November 2018 | Briefing note
The Escazú Agreement was presented at the side event “Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity and environmental democracy through Human Rights, Nature Rights and the Escazú Agreement” held on 26 November 2018 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, in the framework of the 14th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
19 November 2018 | Briefing note
On the occasion of the XXVI Ibero-American Summit, held in La Antigua (Guatemala) on 15 and 16 November 2018, the Heads of State and Government of Ibero-American countries reaffirmed their commitment with "a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Ibero-America" and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
12 November 2018 | Briefing note
The Inter-Parliamentary Union and the National Assembly of Suriname organized a Regional Seminar on climate change and disaster risk reduction for Parliaments of the Caribbean on 5 and 6 November 2018 in Paramaribo, Suriname.
29 March 2018 | Briefing note
In the framework of his participation at the 37th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, emphasized the importance of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean recently adopted on 4 March 2018 in Escazú, Costa Rica.
5 October 2017 | Briefing note
On 19 September 2017, in the framework of the general debate of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations, the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, informed the plenary of the progress made in the negotiation of the regional agreement on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean.
28 April 2017 | Briefing note
At the Forum of Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development being held in Mexico City, from 26 to 28 April 2017, the Vice-Minister of Environment of Costa Rica, Patricia Madrigal, presented the developments of the negotiation process and highlighted its impacts on environmental governance and the protection of human rights.
7 November 2016 | Briefing note
19 October 2016 | Briefing note
The Survey asserts that the rights of access to information, participation and justice are key to tackle inequalities and build climate change resilience strategies. These rights not only ensure that the environmental problems affecting disadvantaged groups and vulnerable communities are adequately addressed but also that policy decisions take into consideration the needs of those groups.
30 September 2016 | Briefing note
In his last report submitted to the United Nations General Assembly, dated 3 August 2016 (A/71/281), the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders refers to the dangers faced by the defenders to a safe and healthy environment. In view of the situation in the region, the Special Rapporteur urges negotiating parties in Latin America and the Caribbean to expedite the conclusion of the regional agreement on Principle 10.