Information Note on Regional Agreement on Principle 10

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“The objective of the present Agreement is to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development”.

This binding regional agreement of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean is the result of an open, transparent and participatory process for the full implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development of 1992. It is also the first treaty in the world to include specific provisions to ensure a safe and enabling environment for environmental human rights defenders.