Opportunities for Cooperation in the

Development of Legal and Institutional Frameworks

for Addressing Environmental Challenges in the Region


Date:    Friday, February 23, 2007

Time:    9:00 a.m.

Place:   Simón Bolívar Room



      The Special Session of the Permanent Council objective was to identify priority actions that within the framework of the OAS encourage cooperation, the development of regional legal environmental instruments and institutional strengthening. To achieve this, the session analyzed main environmental challenges in the region, particularly multinational challenges, and the response capacity of member states by means of existing legal and institutional instruments.

     The special session included presentations by renowned experts in the field of environment and environmental law, followed by an opportunity for dialogue between member state representatives and guests. As a result of this session, a document will be produced containing the main findings, conclusions and priority actions to be pursued within the framework of the objectives and guidelines established in the Declaration of Santa Cruz +10 and the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development 2006-2009.


Speech of H.E. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States  (Spanish) l video




Explanatory note   


Speech of Alfonso Quiñónez, Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organization of American States (Spanish) l video



Presentations and Videos:

Environmental Trends and shared challenges in the region


Dr. Cristián Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution l video


Neville Trotz, Science Advisor of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre  l video


Interventions by delegations lvideo


Presentations on existing cooperation mechanisms for environmental issues and the need for institutional strengthening in the Hemisphere


Paul Miller, Deputy Director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) l video


Rosalía Arteaga, Secretary-General, Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)  l video


Joao Bosco, Water Resources Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil l video


Interventions by delegations lvideo


Legal and institutional frameworks as a response to environmental trends and challenges in the region

David Hunter, Professor and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law, American University,Washington College of Law l video

Gustavo Alanis, President, Mexican Environmental Law Center l video

Charles Di Leva, Chief Counsel, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development and International Law, Legal Department, The World Bank l video

Interventions by delegations lvideo




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