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15 March 2014

Environmental Justice Program 2011-2013

The OGC’s Environmental Justice Program under its Law, Justice and Development (LJD) program is in line with ADB’s long-term strategic framework1 which aims to (i) strengthen environmental regulatory frameworks and enforcement capacities of public institutions, recognizing good governance and capacity development as drivers of change; and (ii) promote regional cooperation. The program is also in line with ADB’s strategy for operational work on the environment from 2013 to 2020,2 which identifies environmental governance and natural capital as two of ADB’s four operational directions to promote transition to green growth.

Logs illegally harvested in Malaysia are loaded on trucks headed for market (Photo by Claude Barutel)
27 January 2014

Asian Judges Create Network on Environment

An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation among justices charged with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve Asia’s natural capital. The three-day Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment held last week drew eminent judges and representatives of courts, environment ministries, prosecutor’s offices, the legal profession, and civil society from the Asia Pacific region and beyond.

9 December 2013

Unshackling the chains

The world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, an icon of peace, freedom, justice and reconciliation. We are grateful for his inspiring example of unflinching courage, compassion, humility and forgiveness. He leaves a world racked with conflict and suffering. But, perhaps his death and his meaningful life would challenge us to take on the responsibility of leaving this world a better place for the children and those yet unborn, as he did.

6 December 2013

ASIA: Judges’ symposium launches environment network

The three-day Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment has formally launched an Asian Judges Network on Environment, marking a new level of cooperation amongst judiciary who enforce environmental laws and help preserve the region’s natural capital. ADB hosted the event in partnership with the Supreme Court of the Philippines, UNEP, the World Wildlife Fund, US AID and the Freeland Foundation.

5 December 2013

Asian judges look to protect the environment

The Asian Judges Network on the Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation among justices on enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve the region’s nature.

4 December 2013

Welcome Remarks at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment: Natural Capital and the Rule of Law

Welcome remarks by ADB President Takehiko Nakao at the Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment: Natural Capital and the Rule of Law held in Manila, Philippines on 2 December 2013

26 November 2013

ASEAN Chief Justices Explore Legal Solutions to Environmental Threats

Legal responses to cross border threats from climate change, pollution, deforestation and the illegal trade in wildlife and timber are at the top of the agenda at a meeting of Chief Justices from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok, Thailand.

More than 60 chief justices, senior judges and experts on environmental justice from SAARC countries are discussing the state of South Asia’s environment, laws and challenges in Thimphu, reports Bhutan’s “Kuensel” newspaper.
31 August 2013

Roundtable on environment laws

Jointly organised by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and judiciary of Bhutan, the 2nd South Asia judicial roundtable on environment justice is discussing common environmental challenges in the region, share experiences, and discuss opportunities for cooperation between judiciaries to enhance environmental adjudication and enforcement.

9 July 2013

Chief Advisor meets Asian Development Bank Officials

Chief Advisor to the Interim Government, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye, met with Ms. Irum Ahsan, Legal Counsel and Ms. Rita Marie L. Mesina, Legal Research Consultant of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang yesterday.

9 July 2013

ASEAN Chief Justices agree to promote relations

At the first meeting of Chief Justices of the ASEAN recently organised in Singapore, the Chief Justices agreed to promote close relations and mutual understanding amongst the ASEAN judiciaries.

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