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Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

29 June - 1 July 2011 | Chisinau, Moldova
 
Highlights for Wednesday, 29 June 2011
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

Participants were treated to a traditional Moldovian cultural performance during the opening of the Aarhus Convention MOP 4.
 

On Wednesday, following a cultural performance, Iurie Leanca, Moldova Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, opened the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (MOP 4). Gheorghe Salaru, Moldova Minister of Environment, noted that much experience has been gained over twelve years of implementation of the Convention. Jan Dusik (Czech Republic), MOP 4 Chair, pointed to MOP 4 theme on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. Marco Keiner, Director of the Environment Division of the United Nation Commission for Europe (UNECE), suggested highlighting the Aarhus Convention as the best example of implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration public participation at Rio+20.

Delegates then discussed: the future work on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under the Convention, with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) encouraging parties to ratify the GMO Amendment to the Convention; a draft decision on access to information, discussing possible future work of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools; and a draft decision on public participation in decision-making and future work of the Task Force on Public Participation.

In the afternoon, delegates discussed promoting effective access to justice, with many underlining the need for further work by the relevant Task Force on standing, costs, remedies and injunctions, as well as for more progress at the national level. On public participation in international forums, delegates heard a report from the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and discussed the proposal to entrust the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention with the oversight of continued work on this topic. Delegates finally addressed compliance, discussing draft decisions on general compliance issues and individual cases of non-compliance.

 
OPENING PLENARY:
 
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View of the opening plenary of the Aarhus Convention MOP 4.
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Gheorghe Salaru, Minister of Environment, Moldova
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Iurie Leanca, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Moldova
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Marco Keiner, Director, Environment Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Jan Dusik, Chair of MOP 4
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GMOs
 
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Margareta Stubenrauch, Austria
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Ilya Trombitsky, European ECO Forum
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Christine von Weizsacker, ECOROPA
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Access to information, including electronic information tools:
 
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Jane Barton, UK
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Désirée Schweitzer, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
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MOP 4 Chair Dusik in informal consultations with member delegations.
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Public participation in decision-making:
 
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Philip Kearney, Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision Making (Ireland)
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Celine Mesquida, European ECO Forum
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Aida Iskoyan, Armenia
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Access to justice:
 
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Vibeke Ursin-Smith, Norway
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Erna Hayriyan, Armenia
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John Bonine, European ECO Forum
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Gordana Petkovic, Serbia
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Jan Darpö, Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice (Sweden)
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Carol Day, WWF UK
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Thomas Alge, Justice and Environment
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Magda Tóth Nagy, Regional Environment Center - Central and Eastern Europe (REC CEE)
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Aarhus Convention Secretariat staff
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Public participation in international forums:
 
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Megumi Endo, Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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Etienne Ballan, Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums (France)
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Giuliana Gasparrini, Italy
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COMPLIANCE:
 
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L-R: MOP 4 Chair Dusik; Veit Koester, Chair of the Compliance Committee; and Marco Keiner, UNECE
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Veit Koester, Chair of the Compliance Committee
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Svitlana Kravchenko, Vice-Chair of the Compliance Committee
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L-R: Compliance Committee members with Mereb Barbakadze; Vadim Ni; Svitlana Kravchenko, Vice-Chair of the Compliance Committee; and Veit Koester, Chair of the Compliance Committee.
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Laurentiu Hadîrca, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
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Andriy Andrusevych, European ECO Forum
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Jean-François Brakeland, EU
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Aarhus Convention
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UNECE resources
*Official website
*Introduction to the Meeting of the Parties
*Provisional organization of work
*Meeting documents
*Exhibition and side events
*Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention
*Thirty third meeting of the Compliance Committee

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