Regional Agreement On Access To Information

Date: September 27, 2018 Website: New York, United States www. www.cepal.org/en/subsidiary-bodies/acuerdo-regional-acceso-la-informacion-la-participacion-publica-acceso-la-justiciawww.cepal.org/en/events/opening-signature-ceremony-regional-agreement-access-information-public-participation-and CONSIDERING that, since its inception, IUCN has recognised the importance of the right to access to building democratic, equitable, transparent, participatory, sustainable and peaceful societies, in line with the 2030 sustainable development agenda; And the work of civil society with the governments that participated in this process has had continuity and gone beyond interacting with government delegates during the negotiations. In each country, civil society priorities met regularly with officials from their respective governments. In Peru, the RAD and the Peruvian Environmental Law Society worked closely with the ministries of environment and foreign affairs to submit proposals from national and regional civil society and to ensure that Peruvian delegates associated them with the national proposal. This has led to more consistent positions at the negotiating meetings. In general, there has been a great deal of interaction between civil society and different governments, although officials in some countries have been rather reluctant to receive proposals from civil society. The Caribbean country ratified the regional agreement on 1 December 2020, b. the development of the capacity of IUCN members in Latin America and the Caribbean on issues such as access to information, access to justice, citizen participation, environmental impact assessment and strategic assessment of environmental impacts, environmental rights and human rights; in March 2017, DAR and five other civil society organizations, for example, requested a hearing on the transparency of the extractive sector in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The hearing documented restrictions on access to information in some cases of investment projects, collected testimony from individuals who had been victims of violations of the right to access information, and noted that these restrictions in turn affected the exercise of the rights to consultation, participation, health and a safe environment. As a result of this consultation, civil society and IACHR are now cooperating and IACHR has committed to developing a document containing recommendations on access to information in extractive contexts.

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