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.

Photo: OAS

Dane Ratliff

Executive Director

Dane Ratliff has over 20 years of practice in international environmental law at senior levels of intergovernmental organizations and in the private sector, and holds degrees in law and philosophy. He was previously Director of the Submissions on Enforcement Matters Unit of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and was Legal Counsel at an international court in The Hague, among other positions. He has negotiated text in multilateral environmental agreements, and published widely on international trade law, climate change, and dispute resolution, as well as lecturing in environmental law at various prominent institutions. He is American and speaks English and Spanish, among other languages.