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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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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
Elizabeth Smith, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Etienne Ballan, Chair of the thematic session on Public Participation in International Forums (France)
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
Marcos Orellana, The Center for International Environmental Law

Carlos de Miguel, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN ECLAC)

Khin Thida Tin, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar

Jiaru Hou, China University of Political Science and Law

Felismino Alcarpe, European Investment Bank
Barbara Ruis, UNEP
Jean François Brakeland, European Union
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)
Beate Berglund Ekeberg, Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway
Brian Ruddie, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK

Ahmed Azam, UK, Loredana Dall'Ora, Italy; and Massimo Cozzone, Italy

Eva Mittermayr and Lieselotte Feldmann, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

Mariamalia Jiménez Coto, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Costa Rica, Constance Nalegach, Ministry of Environment, Chile, and Carlos de Miguel, UN ECLAC

Kaidi Tingas and Magdolna Tothne Nagy, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe
Aarhus Convention MOP 5 Chair Jelis Antonie Peters (the Netherlands), PRTR Protocol MOPP 2 Chair Michel Amand (Belgium), Edwin Koning (the Netherlands) and the Secretariat
Outgoing Bureau

Funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by UNECE
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*Aarhus Convention MOP 5 & PRTRs MOPP-2 Website *PRTRs MOPP-2 Website
*Aarhus Convention MOP 5 Website *PRTRs MOPP-2 Annotated Provisional Agenda
*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
*High-level Segment Provisional Agenda *UNECE Public Participation Website


IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the First meeting of the UNEP Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR), 24-28 March 2014, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

*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

*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

*SDG - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

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