The Secretariat is a technical, independent and impartial body that promotes effective environmental law enforcement and the care of the environment.
On April 12, 2006, the United States and Peru signed a Trade Promotion Agreement between (TPA), which entered into force on February 1st, 2009.
Chapter 18 – Environment – in its Article 18.8, indicates the commitment of both Parties to implement a secretariat who recibes and considera Submissions on Environmental Enforcement Matters. This Secretariat has the following functions:
- Receive and consider public submisusions.
- Request a Party to respondió to public submisssions, Receive the Party´s response, and consider the submission and any response provided by the Party.
- Inform the Environmental Affairs Council, in light of any response provided by the Party, whether public submisusions warrant developing a factual record.
- Prepare factual récords when any member of the Council instructor it to do so, submiten them to the Council, and if directed by a member of the Council, make them available to the public.
Environmental Affairs Council
The Secretariat is based in Washington DC, United States and operates independently under the sole direction and supervision of the Environmental Affairs Council comprised of representatives of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of State and the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and Ministry of the Environment.
Dino Delgado Gutiérrez
Mr Delgado is a Peruvian lawyer, with extensive environmental law experience, having worked in the public and private sector. In Peru, he worked in the Peruvian Society of Environmental Law, as well as in the Ministry of the Environment and Protected Areas Service. He was also a legal advisor to the Sustainable Environmental Development Association. Mr. Delgado was also a university professor at the Universidad Científica del Sur. He has been a consultant to the Ministry of the Environment in Peru as well as the United Nations Environment Program.
On November 03, 2016, Mr. Delgado was selected as Executive Director of the Secretariat for Submissions on Environmental Enforcement Matters of the U.S. – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of the United States of America, the Government of the Republic of Peru, and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States regarding a Secretariat for Submissions on Environmental Enforcement Matters under the United States – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.