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Fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), Second session of MOP to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs MOPP-2) and their Joint High-Level Segment

30 June - 4 July 2014 | Maastricht, the Netherlands

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Incoming and outgoing Bureau, the Secretariat and the host country
Highlights for Friday, 4 July 2014

The general segment of the second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOPP 2) on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) continued on Friday, 4 July, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

MOPP 2 met in plenary throughout the day. In the morning, MOPP 2 addressed sub-items under the item agenda on the programme of work and operation of the Protocol, including on the Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 and the work programme for 2015-2017. MOPP 2 also elected officers and other members of the Bureau and discussed the date and venue of MOPP 3. In the afternoon, MOPP 2 reviewed and formally adopted the decisions and outcomes identified in the ‘List of Key Outcomes and Decisions of MOPP 2’ (ECE/MP.PRTR/2014/CRP.3).

The third meeting of the Compliance Committee of the PRTR Protocol also met throughout the day. In the morning, an open roundtable addressed lessons learned from the first reporting cycle concerning the implementation of the Protocol on PRTRs. The Compliance Committee then met to discuss feedback from the roundtable, other business and adopted the outcomes of the meeting.

Two side events took place during the day, with discussions addressing the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) Toolbox on Decision-Making in Chemicals Management and Forty Years of PRTR in the Netherlands. PRTR Protocol MOPP 2 Chair Michel Amand gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:37 pm.

Members of the Compliance Committee L-R: Merab Barbakadze (Georgia); Akos Fehervary (Hungary); Gor Movsisyan (Armenia); Friedrich Kroiss (Austria); Barbara Rathmer, (Germany); and Chair of the PRTR Protocol Compliance Committee Alistair McGlone (UK)

MOPP 2 Plenary Session

Manuela Musella, European Union

Dirk Schaap, the Netherlands

Brian Ruddie, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK
Closing Session

Panel (L-R): Zaal Lomtadze, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE); PRTR Protocol MOPP 2 Chair Michel Amand (Belgium); PRTR Protocol Secretary Ella Behlyarova, UNECE; and Kristof Douçot, UNECE

Newly elected PRTR Protocol Bureau Chair Tina Skarman (Sweden)

Edwin Koning, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands

Mara Silina, European ECO Forum

Oleg Pecheniuk, Independent Ecological Expertise, Yusup Kamalov, The Union for Defense of the Aral Sea and Amudarya, and Fikrad Jafarov, Sustainable Development society

Iñigo de Vicente-Mingarro, Chair of the International PRTR Coordinating Group (Spain), Carmen Canales (Spain) and PRTR Protocol MOPP 2 Chair Michel Amand (Belgium)
 
UNECE Secretariat in discussion with incoming PRTR Protocol Bureau Chair Tina Skarman (Sweden)
Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau and Barbara Ruis, UNEP
 
Highlights for Thursday, 3 July 2014

The general segment of the second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOPP 2) on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) opened on Thursday, 3 July, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

MOPP 2 met in plenary throughout the day. In the morning, MOPP 2 adopted the provisional agenda (ECE/MP.PRTR/2014/3) and heard information on the status of ratification, acceptance, approval and accession with respect to the Protocol. MOPP 2 then addressed sub-items under the agenda item on promotion and capacity-building, including on: coordination mechanisms and synergies; provision of technical assistance; and communication tools and materials. Under the agenda item on procedures and mechanisms facilitating the implementation of the Protocol, MOPP 2 took up the sub-agenda items on the reporting mechanism and compliance mechanism. MOPP 2 also addressed the sub-items on financial arrangements and the implementation of the work programme for 2011-2014 under the agenda item on the programme of work and operation of the Protocol.

The third meeting of the Compliance Committee of the PRTR Protocol also met throughout the day, adopting their agenda and considering submissions, referrals and communications, and future work. Two side events took place with discussions addressing the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group and Atlas of the Environment.

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Ivan Narkevitch, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarus

 

Mara Silina, European ECO Forum

Magdolna Tothne Nagy, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC CEE)

Barbara Ruis, UNEP
Ricardo de Pol and Graham Storrie, Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
Henrik Mikkelsen and Øyvind Hetland, Norway
Chair of the PRTR Protocol Compliance Committee Alistair McGlone (UK)
Dirk Schaap, the Netherlands
Highlights for Wednesday, 2 July 2014

The Joint High-Level Segment of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and the second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOPP 2) on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers convened on Wednesday, 2 July, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The Joint High-Level Segment met in plenary during the morning, with participants hearing opening statements. The agenda of the segment was adopted and the report on credentials was considered. Two thematic sessions addressed the right to information and environmental democracy and the right to information and social media.

In the afternoon, the Joint High-Level Segment considered the Maastricht Declaration, with statements from the floor addressing their views on the Aarhus Convention and the Protocol on PRTRs, with many highlighting the importance of the Convention and Protocol for creating the transparency and public engagement required to implement Principle 10 (participation of all concerned citizens) of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The Joint High-Level Session adopted the Maastricht Declaration. MOP 5 then formally adopted all decisions and outcomes identified in the ‘List of key outcomes and decisions of MOP 5’ (ECE/MP.PP/2014/CRP.9). MOP 5 was closed at 3:59 pm.

Side events took place throughout the day, engaging participants on a variety of issues, including: a dangerous environment; nuclear transparency watch - implementing the Aarhus Convention in the nuclear sector; the Environmental Democracy Index and the Aarhus Convention Index; and building bridges between regions with a focus on Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Aarhus Convention.

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Delegates to the Joint High-Level Segment
Wilma Mansveld, Minister for the Environment, the Netherlands

PRTR Protocol MOPP 2 Chair Michel Amand (Belgium)

Michael Møller, Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Panel 1: Right to Information and Environmental Democracy

Panel 1 (L-R): Moderator Hans Alders, Alders Procesregie and Advies; Gérardine Garçon, BASF; Esra Buttanri, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); Phil Hogan, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland; Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau; and Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia

Closing Session

Closing Session (L-R): PRTR Protocol MOPP 2 Chair Michel Amand (Belgium); Michael Møller, Acting Executive Secretary of UNECE; Wilma Mansveld, Minister for the Environment, the Netherlands; Aarhus Convention MOP 5 Chair Jelis Antonie Peters (the Netherlands); Aarhus Convention Secretary Ella Behlyarova, UNECE; and Manja Vidic, UNECE

Mihail Faca, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Romania

Hrvoje Dokoza, Deputy Minister of
Environmental and Nature Protection, Croatia

Highlights for Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) continued on Tuesday, 1 July, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The MOP convened in plenary throughout the day. The MOP continued consideration of the composition of the Compliance Committee and then addressed sub-items under the agenda item on promotion of the Convention and relevant developments and interlinkages, including: accession to the Convention by States from outside of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region; promotion of the Convention’s principles in international forums; global and regional developments on issues related to Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; update on the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) initiatives on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters; and synergies between the Convention and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and organizations.

The MOP also considered sub-items under the agenda item on the programme of work and operation of the Convention, including: the implementation of the work programme for 2012-2014; the Strategic Plan for 2015-2020; the work programme for 2015-2017; and financial arrangements. The day concluded with the MOP addressing the report on credentials with regard to the Convention’s parties, election of officers and other members of the Bureau, the date and venue of the sixth session of the MOP (MOP 6) and any other business.

The forty-fifth meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Aarhus Convention continued, with delegates considering the preparation of draft findings on compliance by specific parties. During lunch an open dialogue session with parties and stakeholders on procedures with new communications, use of domestic remedies and other matters was held.

Side events engaged participants on a variety of issues, including: building peace through access rights - preventing conflict around water, land and food; strengthening the impact of the compliance mechanism - how can the implementation of MOP recommendations be improved; advancing access and dissemination of environmental information and public participation through electronic information; a workshop on access to justice; promoting the spirit of Aarhus - creation of an informal network on citizens’ information and participation to public decision-making; and A2 Maastricht - one single plan for the city and the motorway.

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Incoming MOP Chair Nino Sharashidze, First Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection (Georgia) greeted delegates via skype on her election
Edwin Koning, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands
Jeremy Wates, European Environmental Bureau
Constance Nalegach, Focal Point of the Principle 10 Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) Declaration, Minisitry of Environment, Chile
Mariamalia Jiménez Coto, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Costa Rica
Compliance Committee during the open dialogue session with parties and stakeholders (L-R): Jerzy Jendrośka (Poland); Pavel Černý (Czech Republic); Gerhard Loibl (Austria); Compliance Commitee Chair Jonas Ebbesson (Sweden); Fiona Marshall, UNECE Secretariat; Heghine Hakhverdyan (Armenia); Dana Zhandaeva (Kazakhstan); Alexander Kodjabashev (Bulgaria); and Ion Diaconu (Romania)
Outgoing Bureau
Highlights for Monday, 30 June 2014

The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) convened on Monday, 30 June, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

The MOP convened in plenary throughout the day, adopting the provisional agenda (ECE/MP.PP/2014/1), addressing the status of ratification of the Convention and the amendment to the Convention. It also took up sub-items under the agenda item on substantive issues, including: access to information, including electronic information tools; public participation in decision-making; access to justice; and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The MOP also addressed sub-items under the agenda item on procedures and mechanisms facilitating the implementation of the Convention, including on: reports on the status of implementation of the Convention; compliance mechanism; and capacity-building.

The forty-fifth meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Aarhus Convention continued during the day, with delegates considering the preparation of draft findings on compliance by specific Parties.
Side events engaged participants on a variety of issues, including: transparency in European Union (EU) institutions; workshop on access to information; Aarhus Convention – a driver for democracy in international organizations; and the role of Aarhus Centres in advancing the implementation of the Aarhus Convention.

Panel L-R: Siebe Riedstra, Secretary-General, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands; Onno Hoes, Mayor, City of Maastricht, the Netherlands; Aarhus Convention MOP 5 Chair Jelis Antonie Peters (the Netherlands); Secretary to the Aarhus Convention Ella Behlyarova, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat; Manja Vidic, UNECE Secretariat; and Zaal Lomtadze, UNECE Secretariat.
Adrian Panciuc, Republic of Moldova
Siebe Riedstra, Secretary-General, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
Aarhus Convention MOP 5 Chair Jelis Antonie Peters (the Netherlands)
Philip Kearney, Chair, Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-Making (Ireland)
Anke Stock, Women in Europe for Common Future, for the European ECO Forum
Marguerite Stapleton, Ireland
A moment of silence was held for Professor Marc Pallemaerts, former Chair of the MOP who suddenly passed on 2 May 2014

Funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by UNECE
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*Provisional Agenda for the Aarhus Convention MOP 5 *PRTRs MOPP-2 Documents
*Documents for the Aarhus Convention MOP 5 *Side Events
*Joint High-level Segment *Host Country Website
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*IISD RS summary report of the High-level Segment of the Sixty-fifth Session of the UNECE, 9 April 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), 28-30 November 2012, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

*IISD RS coverage of the Aarhus Convention MOP 4, 29 June - 1 July 2011, Chisinau, Moldova

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