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OAS Assistant Secretary General Opened First Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law

  March 30, 2015

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, today opened the First Inter-American Congress on the Environmental Rule of Law in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The event, organized by the OAS, the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Union for Conservation of Natural Resources (IUCN) and the Caribbean Court of Justice, takes place until tomorrow and includes the participation of more than one hundred high-level officials including judges, prosecutors, parliamentarians, experts from international organizations, academics, students, and representatives of civil society and the private sector. The meeting seeks to promote the development and strengthening of environmental legislation, policies and institutions as foundations of democracy and sustainable development in the Americas.

In his speech, Assistant Secretary General Ramdin expressed his hope that the meeting "will carefully and respectfully consider the evidence, facts and opinions to make the commitment to invest in the design and adoption of the policies, laws and regulations necessary to protect the well-being of the people and their environment."

During the meeting participants will analyze the different perspectives and emerging trends on environmental law in the region, in order to respond to the need to intensify Inter-American efforts to identify inclusive responses to the challenges related to environmental law and governance.

The event will include presentations by recognized authorities, presidents of the highest courts of justice of the Americas, parliamentarians and experts in the subject matter from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, on the following themes: the prevention and management of conflicts surrounding shared natural resources; environmental compliance and enforcement; rights of access: information, justice and process; and legal frameworks for the management of water resources, trade, investment and the environment, among other issues.

The event's agenda is available here.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-112/15