Environmentalist leaders recalled Iván Duque's promise to ratify the environmental treaty and who left the government without fulfilling it
Sanction presidential of the Escazú Agreement
Before embarking on his trip to COP27 in Egypt, President Gustavo Petro sanctioned the second law as Head of State, which mainly compromises the country's environmental policy: the Escazú agreement. The celebration of its ratification has been felt by several of its followers and environmental leaders.
One of those who celebrated the decision was the representative to the Chamber for the Atlantic, Agmeth Escaf, who summed up in an iconic phrase the last weeks of legislative work and the first 100 days of the Petro government with the approval of three decisive projects.
“This week we made monona! I am proud of my caucus, of the coalition and of my President and his entire Cabinet. We carried out the Tax for Change and we have Escazú and Total Peace already duly sanctioned as laws of the Republic. Petro and the Pact complying!”, wrote the president of the Seventh Commission.
The president of the Senate, Roy Barreras, wrote in this regard in a column for the newspaper El Tiempo, that the week that ended with the ratification of the agreement meant a leap forward in the reforms that will be the “fundamental basis of the change” that the Petro government has proposed.
< p class="paragraph">“Escazú is a law of the Republic after the signature of the president @petrogustavo. A great advance in guaranteeing access to information, protection of our environmental leaders and the participation of the territories. Environmental justice is welcome,” said the senator of the Historical Pact Esmeralda Hernández.
For her part, the representative to the Chamber for Tolima, Martha Alfonso, celebrated the ratification of the Agreement. “The Escazú Treaty is already the Law of the Republic! A great achievement in this government that defends life and the environment. With this agreement, the protection of environmental defenders, access to information and participation in the territories are guaranteed, “she wrote.
From the Comunes party they sent several messages of congratulations to the national government. “Today the president @petrogustavo sanctioned the Escazú Agreement, it is law; one more achievement of the power government of life and peace. We celebrate this great step, we advance in the construction of peace. For the defense of nature and the defenders of the environment!” said Luis Alberto Albán.
Several organizations and environmental leaders also celebrated it, such as the child activist Francisco Vera , Goodwill Ambassador of the European Union in Colombia, who thanked the progress made in protecting ecosystems, but stressed that it was a debt unfulfilled by the previous government of Iván Duque.
“A year ago at COP26 in Glasgow Iván Duque promised to have the Escazú Agreement ratified in Colombia. But he passed his government and it was never ratified; That is why I am happy that yesterday Escazú is finally a reality in Colombia prior to COP27 in the Petro government,” said Vera.
“For years, environmental organizations did tweet-thons, performances, political pressure, street pedagogy and they always embarrassed us about the Escazú process in Congress because Duque and his friends did not want it to be law. Greetings,” said Carlos Andrés Santiago, one of the environmental leaders of the Fracking Free Colombia Alliance.
For more than five years, the project of ratification of the agreement had gone around in the Congress of the Republic, but it did not get past the third debate. Its ratification became a goal of the new government that managed to get it approved by Congress on October 10 and it was not until this Saturday that the president finally sanctioned it.
The Escazú Agreement was signed by 24 Latin American countries, in Costa Rica and in 2018, Colombia becomes the 14th country to ratify it. It comprises three fundamental pillars: access to information on environmental projects, public participation in decisions, and access to justice in the event of non-compliance with these regulations.