Why Costa Rica stepped out of the Escazú climate agreement

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Costa Rican lawmakers voted last month to remove the first regional environmental treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean from the country’s legislative agenda, effectively killing off any chance that the agreement will be ratified by the nation that hosted its adoption.

The Escazú Climate Agreement was adopted in 2018 in a Costa Rican community of the same name, at a regional summit of representatives from 24 Latin American and Caribbean countries. Ultimately signed by 25 of a possible 33 countries, and since ratified by 14, the treaty came into effect in 2021 and is now in the implementation phase. 

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