CABEI and the ECLAC sign agreement to promote the right to access information and environmental justice as established in the Escazú Agreement


The Agreement on Information Access, Public Participation and Access to Justice on Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean is the most important human rights and environmental instrument in the region.

San Jose, March 8th, 2022.–  Committed to advancing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in the region, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday to carry out joint actions to ensure compliance with the international treaty known as the Escazú Agreement.

Said Regional Agreement was adopted by 24 countries in March 2018 and, along these lines, the memorandum between CABEI and the ECLAC aims to strengthen capacities and cooperation for the region's sustainable development by supporting activities that entail a transformative recovery with equality, and taking climate change into consideration.

"The Escazú Agreement is transcendental for the entire world, but especially for our region, as it provides a solid and fundamental basis for environmental democracy, international cooperation and multilateralism as central axes for promoting open and sustainable development in the region," said CABEI Executive President Dr. Dante Mossi.

CABEI Director for Costa Rica, Eduardo Trejos Lalli, said, "This approach will increase the positive impacts of the Escazú Agreement by promoting closer relations between our member countries, key stakeholders and vulnerable populations in order to build a society based on collective well-being and inclusive development.

The signing of the memorandum between CABEI and ECLAC took place in Costa Rica at a multilateral event parallel to the Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Countries on Sustainable Development, with the participation of CABEI Executive Vice President Jaime Díaz and the Directors of Costa Rica and Argentina, Eduardo Trejos Lalli and Maximiliano Alonso, respectively, as well as ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena.