Newsletter N º  63 – April/June 2023                                      |Technical Secretariat EscazúAgreement ECLAC - United Nations

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Member Countries of the Escazú Agreement Close COP 2 in Argentina with a Call for Deepening its Implementation at the National Level

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The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 2) to the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean – known as the Escazú Agreement – concluded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the election of the first seven members of the Committee to Support Implementation and Compliance of the treaty, and with a call by member countries to deepen its implementation, based on cooperation aimed at strengthening national capacities.


The COP 2 of the Escazú Agreement – which was an extraordinary meeting and brought together 15 delegations from States Parties, eight delegations from observer countries, 357 representatives of the public, 110 government delegates, 74 representatives of the United Nations and international organizations (with more than 600 people accredited in all) – came to a close with the adoption of Decision II/1, which formalizes the election of the members of the Committee, a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties that is focused on promoting implementation of the Agreement and supporting the Parties in that regard. 


Furthermore, the countries participating in the COP 2 approved a political declaration (“Buenos Aires Declaration”), which highlights the role of the rights of access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters in the promotion of human rights and sustainable development.


In the framework of COP 2, virtual official side events also took place.

Meet the members of the Committee to Support Implementation and Compliance

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COP 2, held on 19-21 April 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, elected the first members of the Committee to Support Implementation and Compliance.


The inaugural members of the Committee are: Guillermo Eduardo Acuña (from Chile); Mariana Blengio Valdés (Uruguay); Rita Leonette Joseph-Olivetti (Grenada); Patricia Madrigal Cordero (Costa Rica); Andrés María Napoli (Argentina); Carole Denise Angela Stephens (Jamaica); and Félix Wing Solís (Panama).


The members of the Support Committee will assume their functions at the first meeting to take place at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago on 10 August 2023.


The Secretariat wishes the Support Committee all the best in its endeavours.

Public consultation on the proposed annotated index of the action plan on human rights defenders in environmental matters (DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 6 JULY 2023)

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The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Escazú Agreement (COP1) held in Santiago from April 20-22, 2022, in its Decision I/6 agreed to establish an open-ended ad hoc working group on human rights defenders in environmental matters (Working Group or Group).


The Working Group is currently functioning under the leadership and coordination of Chile, Ecuador and St. Kitts and Nevis. The main task of the Group, according to the Decision, is the elaboration of an action plan on the matter (Action Plan or Plan), to be presented at the second ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties for its consideration and approval (2024).


The document submitted for consultation is a preliminary proposal for an annotated index that has been prepared by the coordinating countries of the Working Group. As inputs in its preparation, the coordinators considered the text of the Escazú Agreement, the Implementation Guide prepared by ECLAC, and the proposals presented and inputs from the first Annual Forum on human rights defenders in environmental issues held on November 22 and 23, 2022 in Quito.


DOWNLOAD THE PROPOSAL HERE

 

Modality of the consultation

The coordinators of the Working Group have prepared a survey to record in a systematized and orderly manner the comments and observations of the public on the proposed Annotated Index of the Action Plan. This survey will facilitate the systematization of all the proposals received, as well as their subsequent review and analysis.


TAKE PART IN THE CONSULTATION HERE

 

Deadline of the consultation

6 July 2023 at 11:59pm (Santiago, Chile time).

The Escazú Agreement celebrates the International Day for Biodiversity

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On the International Day for Biodiversity, ECLAC recalls that the Escazú Agreement is a powerful tool to promote the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biodiversity, transitioning from agreement to action.


Check out the infographic that focuses on the synergies between the Escazú Agreement and biodiversity in the Observatory on Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean.


UPCOMING MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES

First meeting of the Committee to Support Implementation and Compliance

ECLAC, Santiago, 10 August 2023 (9:30-11am)


Second annual forum on human rights defenders in environmental matters 

Panama City, 26-28 September 2023


Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Escazú Agreement (COP-3)

ECLAC, Santiago, 22-24 April 2024

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