Meeting of signatory countries of the Escazú agreement begins | News

The headquarters in Chile of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) hosts from April 20 to 22, 2022, in person and virtually, the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Escazú Environmental Agreement (COP1) .

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According to ECLAC, this meeting intends to address financial measures for the implementation of the pact, its operation and strategies for the operationalization of the only environmental treaty in the region.

The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, leads the inauguration of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP1) of the Escazú Agreement, approved in 2018 after six years of negotiation.

“Representatives of governments of several countries of the region, of agencies, funds and programs of the United Nations system, of international financial institutions and development banks, of regional and subregional integration organizations, of civil society, of the parliamentary world will participate. , from academia and the private sector, both from the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and from other regions of the world,” ECLAC said.

The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean was signed by 24 countries and ratified by 12.

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Uruguay, are the signatory nations.

The then secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena, pointed out in 2021 when the agreement entered into force that “it is necessary to recover politics as an instrument of change to generate public goods and lasting agreements. Pacts that call for the broadest and most diverse participation of social actors and that lay the foundations for the construction of the welfare state. We must walk the path of sustainable development together”, said the senior official.

Said agreement, in addition to protecting environmentalists and protectors of the earth, defends access to information, citizen participation and justice in environmental matters, in a context where the continent is pointed out by international organizations as the deadliest region for environmental activists. .