Article 18 of the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (Escazú Agreement) establishes a Committee to Support Implementation and Compliance as a subsidiary body of the Conference of the Parties to promote the implementation of the Agreement and to support the Parties in that regard.
The Committee is of a consultative and transparent nature, non-adversarial, non-judicial and non-punitive and shall review compliance of the provisions of the Agreement and formulate recommendations, ensuring the significant participation of the public and paying particular attention to the national capacities and circumstances of the Parties.
At its first meeting, held in Santiago on 20–22 April 2022, the Conference of the Parties adopted the rules relating to the structure and functions of the Committee to Support Implementation and Compliance (decision I/3). These rules provide that the Committee shall be composed of seven members, who shall serve in their personal capacity. The members of the Committee shall serve ad honorem, without remuneration. The rules also contain the procedure for the selection of the members of the Committee.
By virtue of decision I/5, it was agreed that the first members of the Committee will be elected at the extraordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties to be held in April 2023 in Argentina.
2. REQUIREMENTS FOR CANDIDATES
In accordance with Rule II on the structure and functions of the Committee, any person meeting the following criteria may nominate him or herself to the Committee:
- Be a national of or a resident of the countries set out in annex I to the Agreement
- Be independent from the executive, legislative or judicial powers of such countries
- Be a person of high moral standing
- Have recognized competence in access rights or other matters covered by the Agreement
In addition, time availability for the proper performance of duties is estimated to be at least three months (90 days) per year, which includes face-to-face and virtual meetings, preparatory work and, if necessary, travel.
3. DOCUMENTS TO BE PRESENTED
To demonstrate compliance with the above requirements, interested candidates must send the following documents to the Escazú Agreement Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 December 2022,11:59 pm Chile time:
1. Nomination form (Annex 1)
2. Passport, ID card or residence permit.
3. Affidavit (Annex 2) stating: • Independence from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the countries listed in annex I; • Commitment to comply with the duties and functions set out in decision I/3; and • The information submitted is reliable and any falsehood or intentional omission will result in disqualification.
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