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Day of celebrations: Entry into force of the Escazú Agreement

22 April 2021|Event

Having met the conditions required under article 22, the Escazú Agreement shall enter into force on 22 April 2021, coinciding with International Mother Earth Day. ECLAC, in its capacity as secretariat of the Agreement, invites to take part in a day of celebrations in which several activities are being organized.

12 - 1.45 pm                 High-level dialogue

Moderator: Luis F. Yañez, Secretary of the Commission, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)


Interventions by representatives of the States Parties:

  • Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, first State Party to the Escazú Agreement
  • Antigua and Barbuda: Everly Paul Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration
  • Argentina: Felipe Carlos Solá, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship
  • Bolivia: Erwin Freddy Mamani Machaca, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Ecuador: Manuel Antonio Mejía Dalmau, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility
  • Mexico: Martha Delgado, Vice Minister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights
  • Nicaragua: Denis Ronaldo Moncada, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Panama: Erika Mouynes, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Jeneille Lewis, Parliamentary Counsel, Attorney General’s Chambers
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: Eric Evelyn, Minister of Environment and Co-operatives
  • Saint Lucia: Anita Montoute, Permanent Secretary, Department of Sustainable Development
  • Uruguay: Adrián Peña, Minister of Environment

Interventions by special guests:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Juan Santos Cruz, Minister of Environment and Water of Bolivia
  • Andrea Sanhueza, elected representative of the public for the Escazú Agreement
  • Danielle Andrade, elected representative of the public for the Escazú Agreement
  • Carlos Vives, artist and composer, Founder of Iniciativa Tras La Perla


1.45 - 2.30 pm              Break


2.30 - 3.30 pm              Session: Recalling the road to the Escazú Agreement

Moderator: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC

  • Commemorative video
  • Rubens Born, Fundação Grupo Esquel Brazil
  • Constance Nalegach, lawyer, former negotiator of Chile
  • Patricia Madrigal, former Vice-minister of Environment and negotiator of Costa Rica
  • Karetta Crooks-Charles, alternate representative of the public for the Escazú Agreement
  • Winston Anderson, Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice
  • Marcelo Cousillas, Legal Director, Ministry of Environment, Uruguay
  • Kate Wilson, Legal Officer, Departament of Sustainable Development, Saint Lucia
  • Andrés Napoli, alternate representative of the public for the Escazú Agreement
  • Chamberlain Emmanuel, Head, Environmental Sustainability Division, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Florencia Gómez, State Secretary for Environmental Policy and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina


3.30 - 4.30 pm              Break


4.30 - 5.30 pm              Session: The role of youth and the Escazú Agreement

Moderator: David R. Boyd, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, Escazú Champion

  • Natalia Gómez, alternate representative of the public for the Escazú Agreement
  • Francisco Vera, youth climate activist from Colombia
  • Sebastián Benfeld, Escazú Youth Champion from Chile
  • Kyara Cascante, Escazú Youth Champion from Costa Rica
  • Nafesha Richardson, Escazú Youth Champion from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Laura Serna, Escazú Youth Champion from Colombia
  • Nicole Becker, Escazú Youth Champion from Argentina
  • Rosario Díaz Garavito, Executive Director, The Millennials Movement
  • Keisha-Ann Belle, Representative of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) from Barbados


5.30 - 6.30 pm              Session: Environmental defenders and the Escazú Agreement

Moderator: Mariano Castro Sánchez-Moreno, Vice-minister of Environmental Management, Ministry of the Environment, Peru

  • Tomás Severino, alternate representative of the public for the Escazú Agreement
  • Josefina Huffington, raizal ethnic group leader from the Archipelago of San Andres, Providence and Santa Catalina, Colombia
  • Claudelice da Silva Santos, Fundaçao Zé Claudio e Maria, Brazil
  • Valentina Durán, Director of the Center for Environmental Law and professor of the environmental law and conflict resolution clinic of the Faculty of Law, University of Chile
  • Lina Muñoz, Director of Specialization and Masters Degree Programme in Law and Environmental Management and Advisor to the legal clinic of the Faculty of Jurisprudence of the University of Rosario in Colombia
  • Jordán Rodas, Ombudsperson of Guatemala, President of the Ibero-American Federation of Ombusdoffices (FIO)
  • Cecilia Moyoviri, Senator, Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia

Practical information

The event will be webcast live: