CIPÓ was mentioned in an article published by Diálogo Chino about the entry into force of the Escazú Agreement in Latin America and the Caribbean and the lack of action by the Bolsonaro government towards its ratification With the dismantling of inspection bodies and the increase in deforestation and environmental fires, the CIPÓ Platform Researcher, Gabrielle Alves, highlights:
“THE AGREEMENT IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT THE GOVERNMENT PROMOTES. IT IS FRIGHTENING WHAT WE ARE LIVING THROUGH, AND THERE IS NO IMPROVEMENT FORECAST.”
Adopted in Escazú, in Costa Rica, on March 4, 2018, the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Issues in Latin America and the Caribbean aims to ensure its full implementation and effectiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean rights of access to environmental information, public participation in environmental decision-making processes and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation.
The agreement seeks to contribute to the protection of the right of each person, present and future generations, to live in a healthy environment and for sustainable development. It is the only binding agreement emanating from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), the first regional environmental agreement in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the first in the world to contain specific provisions on human rights defenders on environmental issues. The Regional Agreement is open to the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. The subscription period took place between September 27, 2018 and September 26, 2020 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. After meeting the requirements set out in Article 22, the Escazú Agreement entered into force on April 22, 2021.