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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) and 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 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.

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Opening Ceremony
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.
Onno Hoes, Mayor, City of Maastricht, the Netherlands
Zaal Lomtadze, UNECE Secretariat
Martine Rohn Brossard, Switzerland
Secretary to the Aarhus Convention Ella Behlyarova, UNECE Secretariat, and Manja Vidic, 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
Dilara Arstanbaeva, Kyrgyzstan
Jan Darpö, Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice (Sweden)
Helmut Gaugitsch, Chair of the GMO Roundtable (Austria)
Antje Lorch and Christine von Weizsacker, ECOROPA
Jonas Ebbesson, Chair, Compliance Committee
Tatsiana Novikava, ECOHOME, Belarus
Ilya Trombitsky, ECO-TIRAS
Svetlana Mogilyuk, Ecoforum of Kazakhstan
A moment of silence was held for Professor Marc Pallemaerts, former Chair of the MOP who suddenly passed on 2 May 2014
Side Event:
Participants during the side event on the network of the Aarhus Centres
 
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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


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