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The EU and Latin and Central America

ACT Alliance EU members have a history of more than 30 years working and supporting communities in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Today, these countries are among the poorest, the most unequal and violent in Latin America. This also means that disasters produced by climate change impacts them highly. The European Union is a relevant political and economic actor in the region and its policies and actions should contribute to positive change.

The ACT Alliance EU Advocacy Programme on Central America (PICA) closed at the end of 2017. It sought to monitor and influence EU policies in Central America to bring about transparent, democratic and participatory actions, thus contributing to the realisation of human rights, gender equality and the eradication of poverty in Central America. Our work focused in three main areas: peace, justice and security; sustainable development and climate justice and the space for civil society participation.

Central America is a unique region for its natural resources and biodiversity. However, the development model that favors extractive practices of these resources contributes to greater inequality. The most discriminated groups have access to fewer resources and suffer the impacts of climate change in the region. This situation impacts direct and exponentially in the case of women and indigenous communities, who see their opportunities reduced and even threatened when there are conflicts over access to these resources.

The ACT Alliance EU Advocacy Programme on Central America (PICA) closed at the end of 2017.

Trade policies, cooperation and political dialogue between the EU and Central America were focused on increasing and supporting trade and investment under this model. Thus, it was crucial to ensure that EU policies and practices were coherent with their international obligations and contribute to achieving sustainable development and climate justice.

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