Newsletter N º  52 – October/November 2020                                      |Technical Secretariat EscazúAgreement ECLAC - United Nations



Second meeting of the signatory countries will take place on 9 and 10 December under the auspices of Antigua and Barbuda



The second meeting of the signatory countries to the Escazú Agreement will take place on 9 and 10 December 2020, under the auspices of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. Discussion on the topics to be addressed at the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties will be resumed.


The provisional agenda, programme and other documents are available at the webpage of the meeting:


The day before the meeting, 8 December, an in person workshop for Antigua and Barbuda and the virtual event “Youth for Escazú” will take place.


The meeting will be webcast live through and the webpage of the meeting.


IMPORTANT: The programme follows Antigua and Barbuda time (GMT-4). A clock converts the times to the time zone of each user.

UN Experts Hail Landmark Environmental Treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean


UN human rights experts welcomed the impending entry into force of the Escazú Agreement, lauding it as a ground-breaking pact to fight pollution and secure a healthy environment.


Furthermore, they urged those countries who have yet to ratify or adhere, to join regional efforts and demonstrate best practice for a more just and sustainable region.

Forum Discussed Challenges Faced by Environmental Defenders in South America


More than 60 human rights and environmental defenders gathered on 4 and 5 November at the Forum of Environmental Defenders in South America organized by OHCHR, ECLAC and UNEP with the support of CEJIL, PI and ILC. 


The online event offered a platform to analyze environmental protection in the region and exchange experiences, good practices and recommendations to defend the environment safely.

The meeting was attended by environmental defenders and representatives of civil society from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay as well as featured defenders from Colombia, Honduras and Guatemala, among others



The Escazú Agreement is highlighted in several national and regional events



The Secretariat co-organized a  workshop for public officials of the Government of Colombia on the Escazú Agreement on 1 October 2020. The Escazú Agreement was also highlighted in national activities in  Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica,  Dominican Republic,  Ecuador,   El Salvador and  Guatemala .


At the regional and global levels, the Escazú Agreement was a part of: 



XIX Meeting of the Transparency and Access to Information Network (RTA) (20-22 October 2020)

- Session of ECLAC (26-28 October 2020)

Climate action in times of crisis. II Peer Dialogue to enhance NDC implementation in Latin America

(12 November 2020)

Climate empowerment: education to boost ambition (13 November 2020)



Making use of the Escazú Agreement and the Aarhus Convention (12 November 2020)

InforMEA Steering Committee meeting, meeting of United Nations Multilateral Environmental Agreements (26 November 2020)





National Activity in Antigua and Barbuda - The Escazú Agreement: empowering societies for sustainable development (ECLAC and Government of Antigua and Barbuda)

8 December 2020.  More information.


Virtual event: Youth for Escazú (The Access Initiative, ECLAC, UNICEF and partners)

8 December 2020.  More information


Second meeting of the signatory countries to the Escazú Agreement

9-10 December 2020. More information


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