Representatives from 19 Latin American and Caribbean countries decided to launch a regional agreement to implement Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, which promotes access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.
Meeting at the headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile, the delegates agreed to begin talks and created a negotiation committee, composed of representatives from the countries and the public. An Executive Board co-chaired by Chile and Costa Rica will coordinate the negotiations.
More information is available here.
On November 6, John Knox addressed the meeting, to describe how a new regional agreement in Latin America and the Caribbean can contribute to the ongoing development of human rights in an environmental context.
The full text of his presentation is here.