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Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

11 - 13 September 2017

Budva, Montenegro

The sixth 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 (Aarhus Convention) took place in Budva (Becici), Montenegro, from 11 to 13 September 2017, at the kind invitation of the Government of Montenegro.

The event provided a platform for Parties, Signatories, other interested States, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics, including access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. At the session, the Parties agreed on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period and discussed global promotion of the Convention.

The sixth session was held back to back with the third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) (15 September 2017).

The two sessions featured a joint High-level Segment on 14 September 2017 where delegations focussed on the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the same meeting venue, the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention were carried out in parallel with:

Fortieth meeting of the Convention Bureau (10 September 2017)
Fifty-eighth meeting of the Convention Compliance Committee (10-13 September 2017)  

Please click here for more information on the other meetings.


Meeting documents

All documents may be accessed through this webpage. This includes documents and decisions adopted by the Meeting of the Parties, background documents prepared in advance of the meeting, relevant intersessional documents and statements made during the meeting.


Election of Compliance Committee members

In accordance with the procedure set out in decision I/7 on the review of compliance (ENGFRERUS), in conjunction with decision I/1 on Rules of Procedure (ENGFRERUS), the Meeting of the Parties re-elected by consensus the following members of the Compliance Committee: Ms. Heghine HAKHVERDYAN (Armenia); and Mr. Jerzy JENDROSKA (Poland); and elected by consensus the following members of the Compliance Committee: Ms. Fruzsina BÖGÖS (Hungary); Mr. Marc CLÉMENT (France); Mr. Peter OLIVER (United Kingdom); Mr. Dmytro SKRYLNIKOV (Ukraine) as new members of the Compliance Committee.

For more detailed information about the process to elect the members of the Compliance Committee please consult the note on the membership of the Compliance Committee for the twentieth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties (Geneva, 15-17 June 2016) (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/9, ENGFRERUS).

The Meeting of the Parties elects the members of the Committee by consensus, or failing consensus, by secret ballot. The Committee elects its own Chair and Vice-Chair at the next Committee’s meeting after the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties.


Election of Bureau members

The Meeting of the Parties elected the following members of its Bureau:

ChairpersonMs. Maia Bitadze (Georgia) 



Ms. Beate Berglund Ekeberg (Norway)

Ms. Nicolette Bouman (Netherlands)





Ms. Angelika Wiedner (European Union)

Ms. Chiara Landini (Italy) 

Ms. Maryna Shymkus (Ukraine)

Ms. Malaj Enkelejda (Albania)

In accordance with rule 22, paragraphs 2 and 4 of the rules of procedure, non-governmental organizations appointed Mr. Jeremy Wates (European ECO Forum and European Environmental Bureau) as the representative of NGOs to attend meetings of the Bureau as observer.