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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 Thursday, 30 June 2011
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

L-R: The morning plenary dais with Charlotte de Waal, UNECE; Ella Behlyarova, Secretary to the Aarhus Convention; and MOP 4 Chair Jan Dusik.
 

On Thursday morning, delegates to the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (MOP 4) considered a draft decision on reporting requirements, heard a report on the preparation of the updated implementation guide to the Aarhus Convention, and discussed reports on capacity building. Delegates then tackled a draft decision on accession to the Aarhus Convention by states from outside the UNECE region, which clarifies procedural steps for the MOP’s approval of such accessions. Several NGOs cautioned that the draft decision creates excessive burdens on non-UNECE states willing to accede to the Aarhus Convention, and should rather send the right signals to welcome them.

Delegates then considered a draft communication strategy, focusing on target audiences and key messages; and a draft decision on the work programme for 2012-2014. They also heard reports on the implementation of the work programme for 2009-2011, and on UNEP activities on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters.

In the afternoon, delegates addressed synergies between the Aarhus Convention and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements, and heard a report from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity making reference to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing. Then, delegates considered draft decisions on the future strategic plan and on financial arrangements, with a party and NGOs lamenting that the MOP could not agree on a more predictable financial scheme for the Aarhus Convention instead of the current voluntary contribution scheme.

At the closing, European ECO Forum attributed the “Order of Knight of the Aarhus Convention” to several individuals that contributed to the work of the Convention.

 
PLENARY:
 
CAPACITY BUILDING:
 
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Oihon Sharipova, Tajikistan
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Igor Kaganovskiy, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
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L-R: Tina Janjatovic and Gordana Petkovic, Serbia
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Accession to the Convention by non-UNECE states:

 
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Csaba Kiss , The Access Initiative
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Marc Pallemaerts, Amsterdam Centre for Environmental Law and Sustainability
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L-R: Christine von Weizsacker, ECOROPA, with Gwenda Zuurbier, EU
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Awareness raising and communication:

 
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Claire Piens, Belgium
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Magda Tóth Nagy, Regional Environmental Center

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Tamara Malkova, European ECO Forum
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Update on UNEP initiatives:
 
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L-R: Barbara Ruis and Gerard Cunningham, UNEP
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Synergies with other multilateral environmental agreements:
 
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Taras Tretiak, Ukraine
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Anke Stock, European ECO Forum
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Erie Tamale, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
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Financial arrangements:

 
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Per Nylykke, Denmark
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Lieselotte Feldmann, Austria
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Aksel Erik Hillestad, Norway
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Michael Ewing, European ECO Forum
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Marijana Mance Kowalsky, Croatia
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Serhiy Vykhryst, European ECO Forum
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European ECO Forum Awards: Order of Knight of the Aarhus Convention
 
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Mara Silina, European ECO Forum, handed out the "Order of Knight of the Aarhus Convention"
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Maude Istasse, Belgium
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MOP 4 Chair Dusik
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Nino Gokheiashvili, Georgia
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Aarhus Convention
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1 Sign up for ENB 1
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1 Sustainable Development Policy & Practice 1
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