The Access Initiative is proud to announce a search for Champions of Escazú – Youth leaders
The Escazú Agreement, adopted on March 4, 2018, is a groundbreaking environmental treaty that recognizes environmental rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Agreement is the first legally binding regional environmental treaty from Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure the rights to access environmental information, public participation in environmental decision-making, and justice in environmental matters. The Agreement seeks to ensure and strengthen capacity and cooperation between governments, contributing to the protection of the right of each person of this and future generations to live in a healthy environment within the framework of sustainable development. It includes specific obligations to prevent harm against human rights defenders in environmental matters. It includes specific provisions to ensure the rights of people and groups in vulnerable situations, which relates to the commitment in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of leaving no one behind. The Agreement also offers an opportunity to reduce the number of socioenvironmental conflicts present in many countries in the region.
As of January 2020, 22 countries out of 33 in the region have signed the Agreement and five have ratified it — Guyana, Bolivia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Uruguay. The ratification process is in Congress in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, and Peru. Eleven countries in the region must ratify the treaty in order to bring it into force and allow implementation to begin.
The Access Initiative (TAI) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) have created the Champions of Escazú initiative to recognize leaders that can tout the importance of the Escazú Agreement as well as support its ratification. We are searching for five young people from Latin America and the Caribbean to participate as Champions. This is a great opportunity for passionate environmental youth to engage in an important movement.
This initiative seeks to include governments, civil society, activists, academics, multilateral organizations, business leaders, indigenous leaders, youth, and other advocates who will call on governments to ratify the Agreement in order to have the signatures necessary for its implementation at the First Conference of the Parties at the end of 2020. The Champions of Escazú was launched on October 10, 2019 at the Preparatory Meeting on Climate Change (Pre COP25), which was held in San José de Costa Rica. There, the first Champion was announced: David Boyd, United Nations Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment.
Criteria to be a Youth Champion:
The Access Initiative (TAI) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC) will work with the Champions to identify and create opportunities for participating in key international meetings. We will also request that the Champions of Escazú provide TAI with strategic ideas on how to carry out awareness, advocacy actions, identify financing opportunities, and more.
Please provide the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org.