We received information today that Sutthi Atchasai, a community environmental advocate and activist in Thailand was shot last night and pronounced dead early this morning. The police have not yet concluded the cause of his death. The TAI Secretariat is saddened and shocked by this news. He was an environmental defender for his community and a right to information activist as well. He is a huge loss to Thailand and the Map ta Phut community. It was a privilege to work with him and TAI will miss him greatly.
Thank you Mr. Chair for giving me an opportunity speak, My name is Carole Excell and I represent the World Resources Institute and the Access Initiative Network a global network of civil society organisations and individuals working to improve environmental democracy worldwide. I make this statement with the support of the European Eco-Forum.
VIDEO: Watch Lalanath de Silva of TAI discuss UNEP’s new Access to Information policy at UNEA in Nairobi!
After the announcement of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) new access to information policy, The Access Initiative and over 150 CSOs worldwide expressed the need for immediate reform. At the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on 23-27 June in Nairobi, Lalanath de Silva of TAI raised his concerns to UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, about the policy’s lack of true transparency. Mr.
Thank you Mr. Chair for giving me an opportunity to speak. My name is Daniel Barragan from the Ecuadorian Center for Environmental Law. I will be sharing the floor with Danielle Andrade from the Jamaica Environment Trust. Both members of The Access Initiative.