The Secretariat is a technical, independent and impartial body that promotes effective environmental law enforcement.

If a person or organization of the United States or Peru considers that any of this two countries does not effectively enforce their environmental laws, they have the right to file a submission to the Secretariat.

On April 12, 2006, the United States and Peru signed the U.S. – Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (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 recieves and considers Submissions on Environmental Enforcement Matters. This Secretariat has the following functions:

  • Receive and consider public submissions.
  • Request a Party to respond to public submisssions, receive the Party´s response, and consider the public submission and any response provided by the Party.
  • Inform the Environmental Affairs Council, in light of any response provided by the Party, whether public submissions warrant developing a factual record.
  • Prepare factual records when any member of the Council instructs to do so, submit 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), the U.S. Department of State, the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and Ministry of the Environment.

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Dino Delgado Gutiérrez

Executive Director

Mr. Delgado is a Peruvian lawyer, with extensive experience on environmental law, have 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.