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Protagonist Latin American and Caribbean Parliaments: Announcement of the Parliamentary Observatory on Climate Change and the Just Transition
Tuesday, 9. November 2021, 17:30 - 18:45
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Date, time:

9 November 17:30 to 18:45

Organisers and contacts

  • Camila Gramkow, ECLAC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tiago Amaral Ciarallo, Federal Senate of Brazil, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Victoria González, National Senate of Argentina, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Objective of the event

The objective of the event is to announce the creation of a Parliamentary Observatory, aimed at parliamentary leaders of Latin America and the Caribbean and other regions, to promote the constitution of a shared information tool on the state of the situation of environmental legislation and parliamentary environmental treatment in the region and beyond.

 

Description

The Parliamentary Observatory for Climate Change and Just Transition (OPCC) is an initiative carried out jointly by parliamentary leaders from various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and other regions of the world, with the aim of constituting a shared information tool on the state of play of environmental legislation and parliamentary treatment in the region and beyond.

The initiative arose from the identification of the need to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation to enable policy makers to review and adopt legislation relevant to the just transition to low-carbon economies.

Since then, Parliamentary Dialogues on Just Transition, an initiative coordinated by the Environment Commission of the Brazilian Senate, the Environment and Sustainable Development Commission of the Argentinean Senate and ECLAC, have been held to mobilise actors and map issues of interest for the construction of the Parliamentary Observatory. These dialogues included two high-level international seminars with political leaders from the region and the world, as well as a series of technical meetings to coordinate and agree on the structure, objectives, and activities for the work of building the observatory. Parliamentary representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Estados Unidos, Guyana, Islas Turcas y Caicos, Islas Vírgenes Británicas, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Parlamento Europeo y Uruguay.

 

Speakers

Name

Position

Institution

In-person/virtual

Joseluis Samaniego

Director of the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division 

ECLAC

Virtual

Juan Antonio López de Uralde Garmendia

President of the Ecological Transition Commission

Spanish Congress of   

Deputies

In-person

Alex Sobel

Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom 

United Kingdom

In-person 

Senator Jaques Wagner

Chairman of the Environment Commission

Senate of Brazil

In-person

Gladys González

President of the Commission of Environment and Sustainable Development of the Senate of   

the Nation Argentina

Senate of

Argentina

In-person

 

Agenda of the event

Time

Topic

Speaker / panellist / facilitator / other

17:30-17:40

Opening remarks

Joseluis Samaniego, Director of the Division of Sustainable Development and Human Settlements, ECLAC

17:40-17:50  

Parliamentary cooperation in Spain and Europe

Juan Antonio López de Uralde Garmendia, Deputy and President of the Ecological Transition Commission, Spanish Congress of Deputies.

17:50-18:00

Parliamentary cooperation in the United Kingdom

Alex Sobel, Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

18:00-18:10

Background and motivation for the constitution of the Parliamentary Observatory

Jaques Wagner,  Senador y President the of Environment Commission of the Federal Senate of Brazil

18:10-18:20

Objectives and working structure of the Observatory

Gladys González, National Senator and President of the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee of the Senate of the Argentina

18:20-18:45

Symbolic signing of a joint declaration

Parliamentarians-participants of the Parliamentary Observatory:

  • National Deputy Brenda Austin, Vice-President of the Commission for Natural Resources and Conservation of the Human Environment of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina. (in person)
  • Federal Deputy Rodrigo Agostinho, Federal Deputy at the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil (in person)
  • Senator Cecilia Isabel Requena Zárate, Secretary Secretary of the Committee for the Environment, the Amazon, Biodiversity, Protected Areas and Climate Change, Senate of Bolivia (virtual)
  • Senator Ximena Órdenes Neira, President of the Commission of the Environment and National Assets of the Senate of Chile (virtual)
  • Senator Guido Girardi, President of the Commission of Challenges on the Future, Science, Technology and Innovation of the Senate of Chile. (virtual)
  • Representative Juan Carlos Losada, Representative to the Chamber of the Congress of the Republic of Colombia (virtual)
  • Congresswoman Paola Vega, President of the Environment Commission, Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica (virtual)
  • Mr. Gwendell Mercelina, Member of Parliament of Curaçao (virtual)
  • Deputy Samuel Andrés Pérez Álvarez, General Secretary of the Semilla Legislative Bloc and Deputy of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala (virtual)
  • The Hon. Vincent O. Wheatley, Minister of Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, British Virgin Islands (in person)
  • The Hon. Otis Morris, Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation, Broadcasting, Energy and Utilities and Telecommunications Commission, Turks and Caicos (in person)
  • The Hon. Veronica Dorsette-Hector, Parliamentary Secretary, Montserrat (in person or virtual, to be confirmed)
  • Congressman Juan Federico Ruiz, President of the Environment Commission, Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay


Team in charge of communication and attention to the press

  • Camila Gramkow, ECLAC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tiago Amaral Ciarallo, Federal Senate of Brazil, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Victoria González, National Senate of Argentina, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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