The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Escazú Agreement took place between 20 and 22 April 2022 at ECLAC headquarters in Santiago.
State Parties adopted a Political Declaration in which they reaffirmed the treaty as a driving force for sustainable development and a crucial governance tool for the development of better public policies in the region, with a view to ensuring a healthy environment for present and future generations. They also adopted six decisions, including the rules of procedure of the Conference of the Parties and relating to the
structure and functions of the Committee to support implementation and compliance.
More than 780 delegates from countries, international and regional organisations, panellists and civil society representatives participated either in person or virtually during the three days of the meeting. Also, more than 290 people followed each day's live broadcasts through the different broadcasting channels (website, YouTube and Zoom), and 120 journalists and members of the press were accredited to cover the various sessions.
The Conference elected the Presiding Officers, comprising Uruguay as Chair and Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Mexico and Saint Lucia as Vice-Chairs. It also agreed to convene an extraordinary meeting in 2023 to be held in Argentina and a second ordinary meeting in 2024.
We invite you to consult the main conclusions and decisions of COP1 on the website.