Newsletter N º  55 – April/June 2021                                      |Technical Secretariat EscazúAgreement ECLAC - United Nations



The Escazú Agreement enters into force on International Mother Earth Day



On 22 April 2021, authorities from the governments that have signed and ratified the Escazú Agreement along with representatives of international organizations, the public and civil society took part in a virtual day of celebrations.


The event was opened by ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and Epsy Campbell, Vice President of Costa Rica. Subsequently, a High-level Dialogue took place that included the participation of António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (via a message); Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of Guyana; and foreign ministers, ministers and high-level authorities from the other States Parties.


The day of celebrations continued with three panels that addressed the history of the treaty, in which participants recalled six years of meetings and negotiations; the role of youth in the Agreement; and environmental defenders and the Escazú Agreement.

OECS Council of Ministers on Environmental Sustainability welcomes the Enhanced Programme of Action on the Escazú Agreement in the Eastern Caribbean


The eighth meeting of the OECS Council of Ministers on Environmental Sustainability took place in a virtual format on 20 and 21 May 2021. Chaired by Saint Kitts and Nevis, the meeting had as its theme “Unlocking a Green, Resilient and Inclusive future for Eastern Caribbean SIDS”.


In its capacity as Secretariat to the Escazú Agreement, ECLAC reported on the developments of the Enhanced Programme of Action on the Escazú Agreement in the Eastern Caribbean established between ECLAC and the OECS in May 2020. These included the support provided in environmental information systems and the definition of strategic sectors to materialize the OECS Green-Blue Economy Strategy. The Programme of Action was welcomed and it was agreed that technical support continue to be provided to the Eastern Caribbean on the Escazú Agreement.

Infographic: "The Escazú Agreement: A compact for sustainable development"


A new infographic was published on 5 June 2021, on the occasion of World Environment Day.


The infographic explains the importance of the Escazú Agreement for sustainable development and showcases some regional developments on the matter.




The Escazú Agreement is highlighted in national and regional events



The Secretariat co-organized the event "The Escazú Agreement: opportunities for environmental open government"​ on 20 May 2021 in the Open Government Week.


The Escazú Agreement was also highlighted in the following activities:

- Argentina: Panel discussion on the Escazú Agreement. International, Regional and National Approaches (22 April-2 June 2021); Local governments and business and human rights (26 May 2021);'Escazú, access to information and regulatory aspects' (13 May 2021)

- Bolivia: Celebration of the entry into force of the Escazú Agreement (21-22 April 2021); Meeting for civil society: the Escazú Agreement and its implications for civil society in Bolivia (15 April 2021)

- Ecuador: Event marking the entry into force of the Escazú Agreement (29 April 2021)

- Guatemala: Forum on the Escazú Agreement (10 June 2021)

- Mexico: Launch of the report on environmental defenders (13 Apil 2021); Webinar on Socio-environmental responsibility and leadership ​at the Supreme Audit of the Federation (2 June 2021); The future of environmental law. 10 years on from the first environmental law in Mexico​ (9 June 2021)

- Peru: Virtual seminar: Promoting the ratification of the Escazú Agreement in Peru​ (6 April 2021)

- Regional: The Escazú Agreement and the Earth Charter (20 April 2021); Regional course on international law (5 May 2021); XX Meeting of the RTA (12-14 May 2021); ACE Community of Practice (18 May 2021); UN Day at the American Bar Association (19 May 2021); International Congress on Environmental Democracy (3-4 June 2021)

- International: ASEAN Meeting of experts on human rights and the environment (8 June 2021)


2021 HLPF official side event: "Empowering people to protect the planet in a COVID-19 context: the contribution of SDG 16 and environmental access rights to sustainable and resilient recovery"

15 July 2021 (1-2.30pm New York time)


Workshop for public officials and interested stakeholders on the Escazú Agreement in Belize

28 July 2021


Webinar for Latin American journalists on the Escazú Agreement

30 July 2021



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