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Beveridge & Diamond’s Scott Fulton Speaks at United Nations Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development Symposium, Part of First United Nations Environment Assembly

June 23, 2014

On Tuesday, June 24, Beveridge & Diamond Principal Scott Fulton will join other global environmental leaders speaking at a high-level symposium “Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development – A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law.”  The symposium, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the Organization of American States, the Africa Sustainability Centre, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Environmental Law, takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on the occasion of the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).  Mr. Fulton is a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) General Counsel and member of the UNEP International Advisory Council for Environmental Justice.

Mr. Fulton will moderate two symposium panels on “Criminal, Civil, and Administrative Enforcement:  Key Components of Environmental Rule of Law.”  Panelists include: Mr. David Higgins, Manager, INTERPOL Environmental Crime Program; Mr. John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species; the Hon. Mr. Githu Muigai, Attorney General of Kenya; the Hon. Justice Md. Muzammel Hossain, Chief Justice of Bangladesh; the Hon. Justice Mr. Harold Reginald Nsekala, President, East African Court of Justice; and Ms. Silvia Cappelli, Senior Public Prosecutor, Brazil.

Mr. Fulton also will serve as a panelist on the concluding panel to present the symposium’s key findings. UNEP Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner will moderate that panel. Other panelists include: the Hon. Justice Antonio Benjamin, Judge, High Court of Brazil; Hon. Justice Winston Anderson, Judge, Caribbean Court of Justice; and Hon. Justice Philip Waki, Kenya Court of Appeals.

As part of his involvement with UNEP, Mr. Fulton recorded a short video on the international implementation of environmental rule of law (1:33 via YouTube).

View the full symposium agenda.

United Nations Environment Assembly

UNEA is the newly constituted high-level governing body and platform within the U.N. for promoting international environmental cooperation and developing policy recommendations.

UNEA will run from June 23-27 and will be attended by over 1,200 participants from government, business and civil society, as well as high-level delegations from over 160 U.N. Member and Observer States. More than 80 Ministers, Vice-Ministers and Secretaries of State, as well as heads of international convention secretariats will also attend. Participants will focus on two important topics:

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda (including sustainable consumption and production); and
  • Illegal trade in wildlife focusing on the escalation in poaching and related environmental crime.

World leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil 2012,  prompted the establishment of UNEA with the aim of strengthening and advancing UNEP as a leading global environmental authority. Shortly thereafter, UNEP convened its first universal session of the Governing Council in February 2013.  Member States recommended to the U.N. General Assembly that the Governing Council, comprised of 58-members, be renamed the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme. The U.N.General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/67/251, formally changing the designation of the Governing Council to the “United Nations Environment Assembly” in March 2013. As a result, all of the 193 U.N. Member States, Observer States and other stakeholders participate in discussions and decision-making on issues concerning the environment and sustainability.

Beveridge & Diamond focuses on environmental and natural resource law and related litigation. Our International Environmental practice works with multinational corporations, non-governmental organizations, and others on a wide range of global environmental and sustainability issues.

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