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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Chile said last week it would not sign the Escazu Agreement -- a decision that generated surprise and disappointment among environmentalists because along with Costa Rica, Santiago has promoted it since 2012.

On Sept. 26, within the framework of the UN General Assembly meeting, the deadline for countries to sign the agreement ended. It is the first treaty that aims to respond to a conflict to defend protected areas in a region where 150 people were murdered in 2019.

The agreement, formally called the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in . . .

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