Saint Lucia Observes One Year Anniversary of Historic Escazú Agreement Endorsement!

Saint Lucia Observes One Year Anniversary of Historic Escazú Agreement Endorsement!

Media release of the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development of the Government of Saint Lucia

Today, marks the first anniversary of the endorsement in San Jose Costa Rica of the historic Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (Escazú Agreement)

The Escazu Agreement which was adopted on March 4, 2018, in Escazu, San Jose Costa Rica, offers our Region a new platform for advancing towards full access to information, participation that embraces full consultation and environmental justice.

Saint Lucia has, therefore, put itself safely at the vanguard of sustainable development with equality at its core, having joined other Caribbean and Latin American (LAC) countries in signing the Escazu Agreement on September 27, 2018, at the United Nations General Assembly Building in New York. (The Escazu Agreement) will be open for signature for two full years ending on September 26, 2020.

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister the Honourable Allen Michael Chastenet, together with Antigua and Barbuda’s Gaston Browne, Guyana, Brazil, Costa Rica, Argentina, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay by signing have taken the lead in making the first step towards strengthening the commitment to a more prosperous, inclusive and equitable region.

Saint Lucia is proud to have signed this instrument as it is the only Treaty to have emerged from the Rio + 20, the first environmental Treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the only one of its kind containing specific provisions for the protection of  Defenders of human rights in environmental matters.

Negotiated by and for the Region with significant active participation from the public and civil society, this Agreement seeks to touch the most vulnerable, marginalized and excluded sectors through measures that are affirmative and intends to remove barriers that impede the full exercise of access rights. Essentially, it puts into effect, the final goal of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Agenda to“leave no one behind”.

With the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) as its Technical Secretariat and with the determined support of all signatories, the Escazu Agreement is poised to be the new environmental instrument synonymous with non-discrimination, transparency and greater democracy for all.

We encourage our people to rally our Government to ensure speedy ratification of this Regional Agreement. In the coming days join us as we continue the conversation on ratification. 

 

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Kate Wilson Legal OFficer, Department of Sustainable development, Government of Saint Lucia
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Kate Wilson Legal OFficer, Department of Sustainable development, Government of Saint Lucia
OECS Communications Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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