NOVEMBER 18, 2016
In mid-November Fundación Multitudes held a meeting at ColungaHUB, which brought together various civil society organizations from all over the country, which aimed to inform about the possibilities of participation in the PASCA project and the application of Principle 10.
The meeting was led by Andrea Sanhueza and Paulina Ibarra, both Directors of Fundación Multitudes, who explained the importance and methods of citizen participation in the application of Principle 10 and the PASCA project, respectively.
From November 21 to 25, the 5th negotiation meeting for the regional agreement of Principle 10 will be held in Santiago, Chile, which is why - and in the context of monitoring the process from civil society - Fundación Multitudes has convened organizations of civil society to be involved and inform of the process, which in Chile may "improve the obligations of information and participation in the environmental impact assessment system. That's where we have a deficit, "says Andrea Sanhueza, Director of the Multitudes Foundation.
Recall that since 2012, 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have signed the Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, in which they committed themselves to advance in the achievement of a regional agreement that facilitates the full implementation of the rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters.
How can civil society organizations participate in this monitoring process? The call of the Multitudes Foundation is to register with ECLAC (technical secretariat) to keep abreast of all the progress of this negotiation and to be encouraged to participate in the next meetings the foundation will hold.
The Civil Society Participation project at the Summit of the Americas (PASCA) is a permanent forum of civil society, whose objective is to build a dialogue and advocacy mechanism among the different organizations and social actors of the Americas; emanating from the recommendations made at the last Summit of the Americas (Panama in 2015).
As a focal point of PASCA in Chile, Fundación Multitudes will create working groups between Civil Society Organizations, social actors and the OAS, of: education, health, gender equality, energy, environment, migration and security. This is to discuss and gather information for the next Summit of the Americas, to be held in 2018 in Peru.
At the meeting, the Executive Director of Fundación Multitudes, Paulina Ibarra, pointed out the importance of "identifying civil society organizations that are interested in these issues that concern us all", since in Chile "it would be fundamental to build a network of support to establish alliances and work together with the government. They are willing to work with us, but they need a stronger number to start putting together this work agenda, "he concludes.
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