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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 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
Phil Hogan, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland
Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia

Jeremy Wates, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau

Esra Buttanri, OSCE
Gérardine Garçon, BASF
Moderator Hans Alders,Alders Procesregie and Advies

President of the Basel Convention COP 12 Bureau Andrzej Jagusiewicz (Poland)

Phil Hogan, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, responds to a question

Panel 2: Right to Information and Social Media

Zaneta Mikosa, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia

Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Centre

Maria Westerbos, Plastic Soup Foundation

Lazăr Chirică, Deputy Minister of Environment, Republic of Moldova

Jonathan Bradley, the Consultation Institute

Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Executive Director, REC CEE, Jonathan Bradley, the Consultation Institute, and Zaneta Mikosa, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia

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

 

Andrii Mokhnyk, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ukraine

Elisabetta Rosi, Vice Head of Cabinet to the Minister of Environment, Italy

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

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

Einars Cilinskis, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia

Florian Wild, Legal Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Phil Hogan, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland

A view of the room during the Joint High-Level Segment

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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

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

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