He September 26, the deadline for signing the Escazú Agreement expires, which is considered by the WWF NGO as an important advance in terms of effective participation, access to information and environmental justice, issues that cross various conflicts in the Latin American region.
However, Less than a month after this closure, Chile is one of the five countries that has not yet signed this agreement, a group that is completed by Venezuela, Cuba, El Salvador and Honduras.
“As an organization we reiterate our call to the State of Chile to sign this agreement, which will help protect environmental defenders and recognize and strengthen their work, and in whose genesis our country was an active promoter and leader, recognizing it as the first binding instrument regarding to environmental matters in the region. This, in addition to reinforcing the role of the State as guarantor and protector of the rights of individuals and communities « , he pointed Rodrigo Catalán, Conservation Director of WWF Chile.
According to data from the National Institute of Human Rights (INDH), Currently 117 socio-environmental conflicts are identified in the country, 63 of them active and 30 latent. 32% of them are located in indigenous territories.
“We strongly pointed this out at the last COP25 in Madrid and we reiterate it now: The Escazú Agreement is an environmental agreement, but it is also an agreement for peace, since it places Human Rights at the center of environmental demands, at a time of growing social conflict where the territories demand more environmental justice. Likewise, it is a valuable tool to strengthen climate action since it is aligned with the social pillar of Just Transition incorporated in the NDC of Chile, as well as with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals ”, he specified Jilles van Gastel, Coordinator of Environmental Governance at WWF Chile.
This treaty is the first in the world to include specific provisions to protect environmental defenders and was promoted by Chile in 2012, during the first government of President Sebastián Piñera.