Utility or Futility? REDD+, Carbon Credits, and Indigenous-led Forest Protection

Link: https://americanbar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduuuqzspEtYhXEbSfKtwqi-zEzpt6BqP

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 12:00 PM in Central Time (US & Canada)

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) and other programs aim to protect forest areas and prevent deforestation while benefitting Indigenous and local communities. But just how effective are these programs, particularly when it comes to respecting the principles of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)? Join this roundtable discussion to pinpoint the policy aspirations surrounding the protection of forest areas and to ascertain from multiple points of view whether these “carbon credit” programs are effective, particularly for Indigenous communities whose traditional lands overlap the areas targeted for projects. The discussion aims to result in a Report and Recommendation in support of an ABA Resolution to be submitted for approval by the ABA’s House of Delegates at the ABA’s annual or mid-year meeting.

Relevant questions for debate and discussion will include: Are these programs effective in the first place? Do they achieve what they intend to do, including benefitting Indigenous and local communities? Are they consistent with the goals outlined in COP meetings? Do they engage all relevant Indigenous governments and stakeholders?

This first Roundtable will be moderated by Tom O’Keefe, Co-Chair of the ABA International Law Section's International Energy and Environmental Law Committee, and facilitated by Altamush Saeed and Bryan Van Stippen.

Link for Registration: https://americanbar.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpduuuqzspEtYhXEbSfKtwqi-zEzpt6BqP

03/03/23. 02:35:00 am. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

WEBINAR: Las Posibilidades de Cooperación entre Latinoamérica y los EE.UU. para Afrontar el Cambio Climático

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTxflzuh0nw

Asociación Iberoamericana de Derecho, Cultura y Ambiente

Dr. Thomas O'Keefe (USA)

Profesor de Stanford University

Presidente de Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd.

Entrevistado por Dra. Claudia F. Valls

23 de Junio de 2021 * Miércoles * 17 Horas (Arg.) * 13 Horas (Cal. USA)

08/21/21. 03:16:00 am. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

WEBINAR: Reaping What You Sow: The Central American Refugee Caravans at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYJy55anoq0

Caravans at the Border

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Time: 6:00 p.m Pacific Coast Time

The program is co-sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church’s Latino Outreach Visioning, and Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon

Program description: How the long and troubled history of U.S. 1) military and covert interventions in Central America, 2) failed U.S. economic assistance, and 3) climate change policies are responsible for the waves of desperate people currently fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. We will explore why the United States has a legal and moral responsibility to admit them as refugees.

Presentation followed by Q&A

Presenter: Thomas Andrew O'Keefe

04/06/21. 12:54:00 am. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

WEBINAR: Prior Consultation with Indigenous Communities Impacted by Natural Resource and Energy Investment Projects

Link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AOFpQhuVS7HnpTqM1yspmaXVsgiaxfrJ/view

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
12:00pm ET – 1:30pm ET


Estuardo Asturias, In-House Counsel, Mayaniquel S.A., Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Haydee Dijkstal, Barrister, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, London, U.K.
Gabriela Roca, Qil+4 Abogados, Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala
Sharon G.K. Singh, Bennett Jones, Vancouver, Canada

Chair & Moderator

Thomas Andrew O’Keefe, President, Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd., New York, NY

Sponsored by the ABA International Law Section, International Energy & Natural Resources Committee

Co-Sponsored by the ABA International Law Section, International Human Rights Committee, Latin America & Caribbean Committee, International Environmental Law Committee, and International Investment & Development Committee

10/01/20. 04:29:00 pm. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »

WEBINAR: Los Procesos de Integración en Latinoamérica y Europa ante la Pandemia COVID-19

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrEqbeAxSPI

Miércoles, 16 de Septiembre de 2020
17:00 Hora de la República Dominicana y New York, N.Y.
La Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)
Escuela de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, Centro de Estudios Europeos
República Dominicana

Conferencista: Prof. Thomas O'Keefe
Universidad de Stanford y Mercosur Consulting Group, Ltd.

Moderadora: Alina Bello
Directora de la Escuela de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales-PUCMM

Presentadora: Carolina Armenteros
Directora del Centro de Estudios Europeos-PUCMM

09/10/20. 05:26:00 pm. Categories: Uncategorized , Leave a comment »