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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 (ENG, FRERUS), 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. 



Date          TitleOrganizer
11 SepBreakthroughs, disappointments and hopes for progress in access to justice at the EU and member state levels: Reflections on ACCC cases C-32, C-123 and the Commission's Guidelines on Access to JusticeClient Earth with Association Justice and Environment
11 SepBuilding capacity for public participation regarding LMOs/GMOs to effectively implement the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the GMO AmendmentConvention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
11 SepDefending the defenders: Responding to obstacles to Access to Justice The Aarhus Convention as a tool for protecting those who protect the environmentArnika Citizens Support Centre with Earthjustice and Guta Association
11 SepThe compliance committee: making the Aarhus Convention effective and relevantEarthjustice
12 SepAll hands on deck – empowering citizens to better tackle climate change and implement the Paris AgreementCenter for International Environmental Law
12 SepMeasuring compliance with the law: The Aarhus Convention IndexThe Access Initiative
12 SepThe reform of public participation in FranceMinistry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition (France), General Commissioner for Sustainable Development
12 SepPublic Participation and challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green economy, Montenegro’s case studyUnited Nations Development Programme, Country Office of Montenegro
12 SepPublic participation in international forums (PPIF) how article 3.7 of the Aarhus Convention contributes to move forward on some major international environmental challengesCenter for International Environmental Law, EarthJustice
12 SepAccess to Justice, Access for AllThe Regional Environment Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
12 SepNational implementation reports: What you cannot find in them and whyArnika Citizens Support Centre
14 SepJudicial cooperation to safeguard the environment and sustainable developmentUN Environment, UNECE, OSCE, REC
14 SepRoundtable/Briefing on the role of the public in supporting implementation and compliance with international water mechanismsUNECE
14 SepPRTR Module for the IOMC Toolbox for Decision-Making in chemicals ManagementUnited Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), OECD
14 Sep15 years of Aarhus Centre – a network to put good environmental governance into practiceOSCE
14 SepThe promotion of the principles of the Aarhus Convention and Principle 10 globally and in other regionsEuropean Environmental Bureau
14 SepThe right to know which environment you live in/The Aarhus principles and the principle 10 in the chemicals managementEarthJustice, European Environmental Bureau
15 SepSupport establishment and advancement of PRTRs in Western Balkan countries and in MoldovaREC
15 Sep  PRTR, How to make the pollution data understandable to the citizensArnika Citizens Support Centre