Launch of The GNHRE Implementing Principles for The Escazú Agreement: Official side-event of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Escazú Agreement

When: Friday 22 April, 5:00-6:30 pm (Santiago & Washington DC time)

Where: On Microsoft Team – click on this link.

Overview: In 2021, the Escazú Agreement entered into force. The Agreement brings several legal questions with innovative provisions that must now be translated at the national and local levels. To facilitate the implementation of the Escazú Agreement, the GNHRE, in collaboration with various actors including legal environmental scholars from around the world, discussed key aspects of the Escazu’s Agreement implementation and formulated the GNHRE Principles for the Implementation of the Escazú Agreement. Therefore, the objective of this side-event is to launch the GNHRE Principles for the Implementation of the Escazú Agreement as a contribution to the debate about the Escazú Agreement from a group of legal environmental and human rights scholars active in the GNHRE. This event will contribute with progressive and evidence-based arguments about the implementation of the Escazú Agreement; and move forward this debate involving academic and policy communities in the Americas and the rest of the world. This event is of interest to legal and environmental scholars, government officers, decision-makers, and anyone involved or interested in the implementation of the Escazú Agreement.

Agenda and Speakers:

 Moderator: Ms Natalia Urzola

  1. Welcome and the presentation of the GNHRE and of the event (  Dr Dina Lupin & Mr Héctor Herrera).
  2. Presentation of the process of The GNHRE Implementing Principles for The Escazú Agreement ( Dr Maria Antonia Tigre).
  3. Presentation of the content of The GNHRE Implementing Principles for The Escazú Agreement (Mr Daniel Noroña).
  4. Comments on The GNHRE Implementing Principles for The Escazú Agreement (Dr Gastón Medici-Colombo).
  5. Comments regarding the UN Secretary-General Call to Action for Human Rights (Dr Claudia Ituarte-Lima).
  6. Questions/Debate (Moderated by Ms Natalia Urzola).
Astrid Milena Bernal

By Astrid Milena Bernal

Astrid Milena Bernal Rubio is a Colombian LL.M student at Pennsylvania State University (concentrations in International Law and Energy and Environmental Law). She is a lawyer from the Universidad Católica de Colombia, Magister in Environmental Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and Specialist in human rights and critical legal studies from the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) Latin American School of Public Policy- ELAP.

As part of the technical team of GFLAC (climate finance group for Latin America and the Caribbean), she supported the creation of the MRV system (monitoring, reporting and verification) for climate finance in Colombia. In addition, she has been a consultant for the WRI (World Resources Institute) and The Access Initiative (TAI), working as the National researcher for the Environmental Democracy Index (EDI). Also, she has worked as a consultant for AVINA Foundation, The Bogotá’s drainage and sewerage company (EAAB). She has worked as a lawyer and researcher on issues associated with public participation, access to information, forests, carbon markets, rights of indigenous peoples and rural communities in Colombia.

Astrid was a volunteer for the Network for Environmental Justice in Colombia and promoted the creation and growth of the climate justice division at the Environment and Society Association (AAS) of Colombia. She worked as the Climate Justice division coordinator for five years. Astrid was a senior research coordinator in a joint research project with UNICEF to contribute to the fulfilment of the SDGs (6), focusing its work on guaranteeing the rights of access to sanitation for rural, indigenous and Afro-descendant populations in Colombia. She is also part of the founders of the Colombian NGO- CAMBIUM (Climate, Environment and Research-Action Uniting Worlds). This organization aims to, directly and indirectly, influence processes carried out by civil society and decision-makers related to climate change.

Currently, she works at the Global Forest Coalition as an associate for the Unsustainable Livestock Campaign. Astrid also supports the work of Pivot Point and the CLARA group (Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance), promoting the understanding and participation of CSOs to ensure higher ambition of NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions) in Spanish speakers countries.

Astrid is a research assistant at Penn State University identifying how different kinds of transboundary river basin organizations have written and used dispute resolution mechanisms in both the bilateral agreements between the US, Mexico and Canada (NAFTA-USMCA) and the Autonomous Binational Authority of the Basin of Lake Titicaca (Bolivia, Peru).

Astrid is member of the core team in the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), she is part of the global network of environmental lawyers (ELAW) and collaborates as a volunteer for The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition- CAIR coalition.