by Jeff Goodman, Sustainable North Grenville

The summer weather is now upon us. It always seems to move to the summer temperatures quickly following the annual Sustainability Fair and Market. Sustainable North Grenville had another record year with our fair and electric vehicle show. Once again, a big SNG THANK YOU to the community of North Grenville for your interest and continued support.

But we’re not taking time off just yet! Sustainable North Grenville is excited to present Anne Daniel, International Environmental Lawyer, for a talk in Kemptville on the evening of June 12. Anne’s talk will be titled “Global Environmental Agreements: Why They Matter to You”.

Anne Daniel worked as a lawyer for the federal Department of Justice for 35 years, 25 of which were advising on and/or representing Canada, or chairing at multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and their implementation. She focused mainly on treaties relating to chemicals, mercury, hazardous wastes, ocean dumping, biodiversity, genetically modified organisms, genetic resources, liability, compliance and treaty effectiveness, and has published numerous articles in the field. She now consults with the United Nations (UN) and other organizations on select projects, including providing negotiating and chairing training.

Anne will speak about the nature of multilateral environmental agreements, how they are negotiated, and what it means for a country to ratify and agree to be bound by an agreement. She will address why MEAs are important and how we know whether parties to them comply, and whether an agreement is effective in accomplishing its objectives (e.g. chemicals, wastes, climate). She will also highlight why these agreements matter at the local level, how organizations can engage in negotiating processes, and follow multilateral negotiations.

SNG will be pleased to host Ms. Daniel at the Grenville Mutual Building, 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville on Tuesday June 12, 2018. This is a free event, but space is limited. Arrive by 6:45pm to have your seat for a 7:00pm start.

SNG is also making time available at the close of the talk for questions, and we recognize the opportunity to our local youth to engage with an international lawyer who has such wide experience in the environmental field. If you are the parent of high school age youth, please tell them they are welcome to come and have some FaceTime with Anne after the talk – an opportunity for discussion about a unique and exciting career.


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