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OAS and Partners Convene Short Essay Contest on Environmental Rule of Law in the Americas

  July 13, 2017

The Organization of American States (OAS), in collaboration with UN Environment, the World Commission on Environmental Law, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has organized a short essay contest on Environmental Rule of Law in the Americas.

The winners of the contest will receive an invitation - with travel and accommodation expenses included - to participate in the II Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law, to be held in Santiago, Chile, on September 4, 5 & 6, 2017, where their essays will be presented.

The essay can be written in Spanish or English and should address issues related to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, in particular goal 16 that is dedicated to the “promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.”

Those interested should send, before July 30th, a summary of the essay of a maximum of 320 words to sustainable_dev@oas.org. Winners will be notified and must submit the full 9,000-word articles before August 25. The complete contest rules are available here.

The competition is aimed at academics, environmental lawyers, authorities, legal actors with environmental competence, and other specialists in environmental law.

The objective of the II Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law is to promote the debate on the state of environmental law in the Americas. The Congress is held within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the convening of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to have a world free of pollution.

The OAS works to support member states in developing and strengthening their legal and institutional frameworks for sustainable development and environmental protection. The OAS also works with representatives of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of a number of member states to ensure that sustainable development in the region is based on the rule of law and the principles of international law.

Reference: AVI-098/17