The “Escazu” Agreement: Key elements

March 24, 2022

This Infographic of the Escazú Agreement explores the key elements of the first environmental treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The Agreement, which was adopted on May 4, 2018, after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), took effect on April 22, 2021. Twelve countries ratified the Escazú Agreement, which has four main tools: public access to information, public participation, access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation. It is the first international agreement that provides protection to human rights defenders in environmental matters.
The Escazú Agreement is also part of the 2030 Agenda, which establishes Sustainable Development as a balance of the social, economic and environmental spheres, establishing 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This Agreement contributes to achieving them.

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