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Negotiating Committee - Principle 10

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, the Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development was signed. In this Declaration, signatory countries committed, with the support of ECLAC as technical secretariat, to advance the implementation of a regional agreement for the full implementation of the rights of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. Between 2012 and 2014, four meetings of the focal points of the signatory countries and fourteen meetings of working groups were held. In November 2014, the countries launched the negotiation phase of the regional agreement and established a Negotiating Committee with a view to concluding the negotiations by December 2017.


First meeting of the Negotiating Committee
First meeting of the Negotiating Committee
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By means of the Santiago Decision, adopted in November 2014, the signatory countries of the Declaration commenced negotiations on the regional instrument on rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters. To this end, they created a negotiating committee composed by all signatory countries with significant participation by the public in accordance with the provisions and modalities set forth in the Plan of Action. Furthermore, they appointed Presiding Officers to coordinate the negotiations of the regional instrument.


Preliminary document of the regional instrument/h3>

English version - Versión en español - ​Versão em português (não oficial)

Language proposals received (preamble and articles 1 to 10 of the preliminary document): 
deadline was 31 August 2015


Text compiled by the Presiding Officers incorporating the language proposals from the countries


Meetings of the Negotiating Committee