Caribbean to conclude negotiations on environmental matters

Sunday, February 25, 2018

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says government delegates from countries that are negotiating a regional agreement regarding access to environmental information, participation and justice (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development) will meet in San Jose, Costa Rica, to conclude the negotiations on this legal instrument, the first of its kind in the region.

ECLAC said the Ninth Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Agreement on Principle 10 will take place from February 28 to March 4 in the Hotel Real Intercontinental of the Costa Rican capital.

The meeting will be inaugurated on February 28 by Joseluis Samaniego, director of ECLAC’s Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division; Edgar Gutiérrez, Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment and Energy; and representatives of the public.

The gathering will come to a close on Sunday, March 4 with a high-level session in which Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís will participate, along with Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary.

“At this ninth meeting, the delegates and representatives of the public will examine the matters that are pending with the expectation of adopting the regional agreement,” ECLAC said.

The process, initiated at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), is presided jointly by Costa Rica and Chile, with the support of ECLAC as the technical secretariat.

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