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Eighth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making under the Aarhus Convention

8 - 9 October 2018

Salle XXVII, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland.

The eighth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making will be held on 8 to 9 October 2018 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle XXVII). The meeting will start at 10.00 on 8 October and will adjourn by 16.30 on 9 October 2018.


The Task Force will discuss items of a systemic nature on ensuring effective public participation, namely: (i) meaningful and early public participation; (ii) the availability of all relevant documents to the public; (iii) effective notification and time frames for public participation; and (vi) ensuring that greater account is taken of the comments from the public in the final decisions, and ensuring the appropriate provision of feedback on how the public’s comments have been taken into account in the decisions.


The Task Force will also discuss issues related to the protection of persons exercising their rights in conformity with the provisions of the Convention and will hold a thematic session on product-related decision-making and chemicals. In addition, the meeting will provide an opportunity to share experiences on the use of the Maastricht Recommendations on Promoting Effective Public Participation in Decision-making in Environmental Matters (ECE/MP.PP/2014/2/Add.2).

Meeting documents, including the provisional agenda, will be made available from the meeting webpage in due course: https://www.unece.org/env/pp/aarhus/ppdm8.html


Kindly note that this is a paper free meeting. No documents will be made available in the meeting room. Please check this webpage regularly and make sure that you bring with you all documents required for the meeting.

Registration and Visa


All participants are requested to register online through the following link:
https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=a2r2a1


Deadline for registration with financial support: 20 August 2018
Deadline for registration without financial support: 30 September 2018


We recommend to use Internet Explorer browser for the online meeting registration. In case of difficulties you may refer to the user manual or please contact the secretariat (public.participation[at]un.org) directly.


Please ensure while registering online that you provide us with your contacts (e.g. post address, phone number, email address) which can be made publicly available through the list of participants.


Participants requiring a personal invitation letter for visa purposes should click on the “visa required” option and register for the meeting as early as possible, taking into account the period required to obtain the visa.


Financial support


Limited funds are available to support delegates from countries with economies in transition, eligible for financial support, NGOs and invited speakers. Participants who are applying for financial support should register as soon as possible, but before 20 August 2018 through the same as above link: https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=a2r2a1


Representatives of Governments should submit the completed financial support form to the secretariat by e-mail (public.participation@un.org), indicating in the subject line “Country name/organization - 8TFPPDM financial support request” before the same date – 20 August 2018. Kindly note that financial support request would be considered only after submission of duly filled in financial support request form and online registration through the link mentioned above.


NGO participants requesting for financial support should indicate in the comments box: “financial support requested” and briefly describe their expertise relevant to the subjects to be considered by the Task Force, while registering online before the same date – 20 August 2018.


Participants who are not applying for financial support are requested to register online before 30 September 2018 through the following link: https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=a2r2a1


Practical information



Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms. Kindly note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UNECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz), and respectively require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit. For additional practical information, please consult: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/practical

 
Key dates to remember


Deadline for registration with financial support: 20 August 2018
Deadline for registration without financial support: 30 September 2018

Documents 

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Provisional Agenda, (AC/TF.PP-8/Inf.1)PDF