The path of Civil Society towards the Escazú Agreement

Together with other organizations of the Civil Society of Latin America and the Caribbean, we prepare a working document that reflects the contributions and lessons learned in the negotiation process of the Escazú Agreement.

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This document was carried out in the framework of the work of the Regional Observatory of Investments, Transparency and Human Rights (composed of various civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, many of them authors of this publication), as part of a collective effort for making known from our experience the contributions and lessons learned from the negotiation process of Principle 10 so that they can be incorporated into the current signature and ratification processes of the Escazú Agreement.

Thus, what is described in this document responds to the achievement of a regional aspiration: the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, now the Agreement on Escazú, the first regional instrument of environmental rights, which represents a historic opportunity for the materialization of environmental democracy and the consolidation of citizenship, especially those groups that have been historically and systematically discriminated, such as indigenous peoples.

The publication summarizes the internal processes in various Latin American countries aimed at the approval of the Agreement, in particular, from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

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Juan Bautista Lopez, juanbautistalopez@fundeps.org