PM signs historic agreement on access to information


Antigua and Barbuda today became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean as signatory to the “Escazu Agreement” which is the first legally binding regional agreement to protect the rights of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters better known as Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, concluding a negotiating process that began in 2014.

This agreement will help fight crime, poverty, inequality and is crucial to the protection of the environment in general. The agreement is sometimes referred to as “environmental democracy” which is a new legal term that implies the participation of all in protecting the environment.

Prime Minister Browne indicated the importance of Antigua and Barbuda in taking the bold step in becoming signatory to the agreement. The island is regarded as one of the front runners within the region with a progressive climate agenda with the hope of transforming Antigua and Barbuda into a climate smart country.

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  1. Apart from the backward laws regarding domestic solar power metering . Clearing of mangroves for a Chinese project and many others too numerous to mention.

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