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Escazu Agreement: Establishing environmental rights for the most vulnerable

15 July 2019|Event

Organized by World Resources Institute, Government of Costa Rica, UN ECLAC, The Access Initiative, Namati, CIVICUS-World Alliance for Citizen Participation, DAR-Perú in the margins of the 2019 High Level Political Forum of the United Nations

Focusing on the theme of this year’s HLPF (2019) “empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, the event seeks to discuss how the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (known as the Escazu Agreement) supports the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by devoting specific attention to people and groups in vulnerable situation and including specific mechanisms for the protection of environmental defenders. Special attention will be given to highlight the critical role of the Escazu Agreement to mainstream public participation in climate action, to ensure that climates policies and actions are shaped by and benefited from those that are most affected by climate change.


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15 Jul 2019

  • Welcome remarks on behalf of the Escazú Campaign Coalition

    13:15 to 13:20
    • Carole Excell, Acting Director, Environmental Democracy Practice, World Resources Institute
  • Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality through the effective application of access rights

    13:20 to 13:35
    • Ms. Diane Quarless, Director of ECLAC's subregional headquarters for the Caribbean
      Mr. Rodrigo Carazo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations
  • Panel discussion

    13:35 to 13:55
    • Ms. Yineth Balanta, afro-Colombian environmental leader from Suarez, Colombia
      Ms. Verónika Bustamante, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Peru to the United Nations
      Ms. Gabriela Burdiles, Project Director of FIMA, member of the NAMATI global network on access to justice
  • Questions & answers

    13:55 to 14:30