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Colombia: Country signs Escazú Agreement promoting environmental rights and public participation in environmental decisions

Author: Latin American Post, Published on: 13 December 2019

“Colombia signs the Escazú Agreement”, 13th December 2019

…On December 11, Colombia signed the Escazú Agreement…Through a press release, the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that this agreement “aims 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 process of making environmental decisions and access to justice in environmental matters, as well as the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of each person, of present and future generations, to live in a healthy and healthy environment. to sustainable development ”.

Linking to this agreement ensures that the country will move towards an environmental democracy with justice and information while ensuring environmental human rights. This agreement is the first of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean and is aligned with the 2030 sustainable development goals agenda. In addition, the agreement recognizes the close relationship between the state, economy, and society to achieve sustainable development…

The signing of the agreement was concluded by environmentalists. According to Manuel Rodríguez Becerra, who served as Minister of the Environment, the country's link to the agreement shows the president's readiness for the requests of the national unemployment marchers…

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