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This Observatory is as an initiative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to foster increased knowledge, dissemination and implementation of rights of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters, as enshrined in Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The development of the Observatory was supported by the United Nations Development Account under the project "Addressing critical socio-environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean". 

The Observatory provides an overview of relevant and key references on access rights established in the international treaties to which countries of the region are a Party, and  provisions and other information of interest that the constitutions, laws, regulations, plans, strategies and national policies of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Jurisprudence of relevance is also included.

In taking the role of an information clearinghouse, this Observatory aims to foster synergies and promote coordination in capacity-building on environmental access rights at the regional level. It also seeks to contribute to supporting the negotiations for a regional agreement on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean, for which ECLAC is the technical secretariat. More information regarding the process can be found at

How to cite the Observatory:

Source: Observatory on Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). [online]