Representatives from LAC Countries meet with Civil Society Experts to Agree on Next Steps for Principle 10
Governments from 14 countries met in Guadalajara, Mexico on May, 16th and 17th, 2013. The meeting was held to discuss and approve a plan of action for 2013-2014 to implement the Principle 10 Declaration. The plan of action aims at identifying capacity gaps, methods for cooperation and the type of regional instrument needed to strengthen transparency, public participation and access to justice in the region. 12 civil society experts attended, one from each of the countries in attendance.
Main Outcomes of the Guadalajara Meeting
One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012 was the adoption of the Latin America and the Caribbean Principle 10 Declaration by 10 countries, marking the first time that developing countries came together to formally consider the creation of a regional legally binding instrument to implement Principle 10.
In 1981, Asberga purchased a small plot of land in Cockpit Country, Trelawny, Jamaica where she has lived since then. This was the only land she owned. She grew crops to sustain herself and sell in the market. In 2006, she applied to the local parish council for permission to subdivide her land. The parish council refused permission on the basis that her land was located on or in proximity to bauxite reserves. Asberga did not know what to do.
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