Mr. Euren Cuevas Medina, Executive director of the Lawyers Institute for Environmental Protection (INSAPROMA) has been chosen by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), by representatives of the public and the Dominican government to give the opening remarks by the civil society in the 4th. Round of negotiations on the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Environmental Justice (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, 1992), since 2014, the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean, with the active participation of civil society have been discussing about.
The international conclave will be held from 9 to 12 August this year, with a previous workshop for the civil society “Training and good practices on implementation of Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which aims to discuss and analyze experiences of implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean and share trends, challenges and lessons learned.
The undersigned governments of this commitment have been discussing this point by point agreement and progress has been made up to Article 6. The aspirations of this 4th. round of negotiations is that Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Granada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay, advance up to to the article 10 at least. In a next round to complete remaining work.
This is an unprecedented opportunity for civil society in the region, since representatives of civil society never had the opportunity to discuss the agreements with governments with such impact, and why it must be undertaken by all the active civil society and for those who cannot in person, follow through the web.