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Civil society organizations in Panama are preparing for important negotiations on environmental issues

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Representatives of civil society organizations are in Panama in preparation for the next round of trade negotiations in Latin America and the Caribbean on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters.

On 13 and 14 July, 16 members of civil society and elected Public Representatives from 10 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean will meet in the Environmental Advocacy Center of Panama (CIAM) where they will carry out preparatory sessions with a view to the next meeting of negotiating the Agreement on access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental matters, which will be held in the Dominican Republic from 9 to 12 August 2016.

To date, there are 21 signatories to the Declaration that seeks to raise standards of access to information, public participation and justice in Latin America and the Caribbean through an international treaty with clear and robust obligations. The signatory countries aim to conclude the negotiation of the Regional Agreement in December 2016.
“It is important that we achieve a binding agreement that protects our environmental advocates for our countries, in a better way ” said Andrea Sanhueza, Elected Public Representative (Chile).
Public Elected representatives have participated and have provided their contributions in previous negotiation meetings held in May 2015 in Santiago, Chile; in Panama City, Panama, in October 2015; and Montevideo, Uruguay, in April 2016.
You can access the Report of the Third Meeting on the following link:

What is the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean on Principle 10?

It is a political commitment made by several governments of the region to promote a change in the way decisions are made. This commitment seeks to ensure that all people in Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in environmental decisions that affect them directly. This Declaration will help citizens to obtain information, participate in decision-making and prevent the development of projects that could damage their lives and livelihoods, and prevent the proliferation of social-environmental conflicts. Any country in Latin America and the Caribbean can sign the Declaration. To do this, you should contact the Technical Secretariat of this process, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (Cepal), in the mail:
For more information:
Andrea Sanhueza – Public Representative Electa (Chile) –
Danielle Andrade – Elected Representative of the Public (Jamaica) –
Paola Valdes – Media:
-Director Medina Cuevas euren Ejucutivo of INSAPROMA (Dominican Republic) 809 685 7077


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