Leading civil society organisations (CSOs) in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), The Cropper Foundation, Environment Tobago and The EquiGov Institute are collaborating on a joint national advocacy campaign on the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (Escazú Agreement). The campaign which is being held on behalf of civil society in T&T was launched in August 2019 and is currently live.
CSOs working on environmental management across T&T and other interested CSOs, are calling on the Government of the Republic Trinidad and Tobago to signal its commitment to good environmental governance. Specifically, calls are being made for:
1. the T&T Government to sign the Escazú Agreement at the UNGA in September 2019 and submit it to the appropriate national authorities for immediate ratification.
2. civil society to be involved in the adoption of measures to effectively implement the provisions of the Agreement.
The Escazú Agreement aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters. It was opened for the signature of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on 27 September 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, coinciding with the General Annual Debate of the United Nations General Assembly. So far, there are 17 signatories and only one country (Guyana) has ratified. It needs to be ratified by 11 States to enter into force.
Trinidad & Tobago played a leading role in the negotiations of the Escazú Agreement and was widely commended for having strong legal, regulatory and policy mechanisms in place to support implementation of this internationally ground-breaking treaty. However, Trinidad and Tobago has not yet signed nor ratified this agreement which can help support civil society’s access to information, justice and participation in environmental matters.
Escazú Champions, you can now tweet directly to key decisions makers in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, urging them to sign and ratify the Escazú Agreement. Click here to become part of our tweet storm campaign. You will receive an email from us once you've tweeted, so be sure to check your "Spam" or "Junk" folder, in case it gets sent there.
Stay tuned to this space to access information and stay up to date on key elements of this campaign.
View or download the document below which will be periodically updated, for more details on campaign activities!