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XXVI Ibero-American Summit recognizes the Escazú Agreement and calls for its implementation

On the occasion of the XXVI Ibero-American Summit, held in La Antigua (Guatemala) on 15 and 16 November 2018, the Heads of State and Government of Ibero-American countries reaffirmed their commitment with "a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Ibero-America" and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

19 November 2018|Briefing note

On the occasion of the XXVI Ibero-American Summit, held in La Antigua (Guatemala) on 15 and 16 November 2018, the Heads of State and Government of Ibero-American countries reaffirmed their commitment with "a prosperous, inclusive and sustainable Ibero-America" and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In the Guatemala Declaration: Ibero-American Commitment with Sustainable Development, the Heads of State and Government took note of the opening for signature on 27 September 2018 of the Escazú Agreement and were hopeful that its future entry into force would serve as an additional tool to strengthen regional and bi-regional cooperation bonds in this important matter.

Furthermore, participating countries issued a Special statement on the rights of acces to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. In the latter, they reaffirmed the Principles of the Rio Declaration, including Principle 10, and recognized the need of complying with the human rights obligations and commitments related with the protection and enjoyment of a healthy and sustainable environment. They also recognized the developments achieved in national legislation and practice, as well as in international and regional instruments such as the Aarhus Convention and the Escazú Agreement.