At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015 countries adopted a legally binding global climate Agreement that seeks to avoid the impacts of climate change by limiting global warming to below 2°C. The Paris Agreement demands that countries can no longer make “business as usual” decisions and have to adopt voluntary “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs) or plans on how they will reduce the release of greenhouse gases, adopt low carbon emission strategies and adapt to climate change.
Members of the public participating in the 3rd Meeting of the Negotiating Committee on the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean in Montevideo, Uruguay received a blow during the penultimate day of the negotiations.
THIRD NEGOTIATION MEETING FOR THE REGIONAL AGREEMENT ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION, PARTICIPATION AND JUSTICE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN April 5, 2016 Opening Remarks Danielle Andrade Elected Representative of the Public
I want to thank ECLAC and the Government of Uruguay for organising this meeting and the signatory countries for allowing the Elected Representatives of the Public this opportunity to make opening remarks.
The Open Government Partnership provides an opportunity for Governments to make commitments to improve open government and participation of citizens. Natural Resource Commitments have not yet been high on the agenda of Governments of the partnership with less than 5% of the total number of commitments being focused on natural resource openness. Most of the commitments made in the natural resource sector have been centered on the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative.