In 2018, Latin American and Caribbean states finalized negotiations on the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean – the Escazú Agreement. There is considerable reason to doubt the commitment and sincerity of ratifying states: cases of cooptation and inconsequential participation abound. The Escazú Agreement might reproduce deeply unjust experiences and presents opportunities for making authorities accountable for cosmetic compliance but it may also contribute to existing efforts to build sustainable democracy in Latin America.

Prof. Hayley Stevenson from the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires will analyze the potential of this agreement to contribute to building sustainable democracies in Latin America.

Commenting on her talk will be Prof. Benedicte Bull from the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), at the University of Oslo and Dr. Lucas de Oliveira Paes, Senior Researcher at NUPI.

Hayley Stevenson is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, in Buenos Aires. Her research crosses the areas of global governance, environmental politics, green political economy, and democratic theory. She is the author of Global Environmental Politics: Problems, Policy and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Democratizing Global Climate Governance (with John S. Dryzek, Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Institutionalizing Unsustainability: The Paradox of Global Climate Governance (University of California Press, 2013).

The event is held at NUPI and will also be live streamed to our YouTube channel. This seminar is part of the project The pulling power of Paris: Unpacking the role of ‘pledge & review’ in climate governance (PullP)