Escazú Agreement Entered into Force in Latin America and the Caribbean on International Mother Earth Day 5/9/21

Earth Day, Eacazu Agreement

Alicia Bárcena Photo Credit: ECLAC

The Escazu Agreement entered into force on 22 April 2021. This agreement, which was negotiated by governments in Latin America and the Caribbean, enshrines the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development.

It is the region's first environmental treaty as well as the world's first agreement with provisions on human rights defenders in environmental matters, an issue of particular importance in the region due to risks for advocates and activists.

The event was inaugurated by ECLAC's Executive Secretary, Alicia Bárcena, and Epsy Campbell, Vice President of Costa Rica. In her welcome remarks, Alicia Bárcena emphasized that the Escazú Agreement pays homage to Mother Earth and with it, the region demonstrates its commitment to protecting the planet and those who, by defending it, care for our lives and our future.

Census results shift political power in Congress, presidential elections by Dudley L. Poston Jr. for The Conversation, 5/2/21

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New York is going to lose a congressional seat from the 2020 census after falling 89 people short of qualifying for another district ‐ the smallest margin for a state to lose a seat since at least 1940, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

New data from the 2020 U.S. census released April 26, 2021, indicates that starting in 2023 ‐ after the next congressional elections ‐ seven states will have fewer seats in Congress than they do now, and six will have more.

These calculations and changes are the primary purpose of the government's efforts every 10 years to count all the people who live in the United States. It's written into the U.S. Constitution. In addition, the number of House seats a state has helps determine the size of its delegation to the Electoral College, increasing or decreasing state residents’ power to pick the president.


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