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Eleventh meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice under the Aarhus Convention

27 - 28 February 2018

Salle XXI, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland

The eleventh meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice will take place from 27 February 2018 (afternoon) to 28 February 2018 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle XXI).

The present meeting aims to provide a platform for exchanging information on key recent developments concerning legislation, policy and case law with regard to the implementation of the third pillar of the Convention and possible measure to remove barriers hampering its implementation and therefor contribute to implementing targets 16.3 (Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all) and 16.10 (Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements) of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 and other relevant goals and targets.

The thematic session of the meeting will focus on promoting effective access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information. The Task Force will identify good practices, barriers, challenges, innovative approaches, priority actions and needs to further promote effective access to justice in such cases and will discuss the possibility of launching a survey to collect information on the matter. In addition, delegates are expected to discuss new developments related to the implementation of the third pillar of the Convention in general terms. The participants will also examine tools to promote effective access to justice, including e-justice initiatives and initiatives promoting capacity-building and cooperation. Finally, the Task Force is expected to discuss the prioritization of the work during the inter-sessional period 2017-2021 in the light of decision VI/5.

The Task Force bases its work on the outputs delivered at the previous meetings. The background material for the meeting includes relevant information derived from 2017 national implementation reports  and the 2017 synthesis report  as well as the Implementation Guide , relevant Compliance Committee findings  of a systemic nature, analytical studies  and jurisprudence database.

The meeting will be preceded by a special session (27 February 2018, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.) for members of judiciary, judicial training institutions and other review bodies dedicated to effective judicial protection of the right to environmental information.

Format of the meeting

Each session will feature brief introductory presentations sharing experiences of the Parties to the Convention and stakeholders related to the agenda items followed by contributors’ interventions and interactive discussion.

The delegates who are interested to make a presentation or intervention at the meeting are kindly invited to contact the secretariat (public.participation[at]unece.org) as soon as possible, preferably by 6 February 2018, briefly outlining the title and focus of the presentation or intervention with relation to the agenda items.

The list of speakers will be released shortly before the meeting.

Tags for the meeting: @UNECEAarhus, #AccesstoJustice, #EnvironmentalRights, #Right2info, #SDG16

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:  www.unece.org/env/pp/practical

Key dates to remember:
Deadline for registration with financial support request: 12 January 2018
Deadline for registration without financial support request: 15 February 2018
Deadline for advance notification on presentations, interventions and statements: 6 February 2018





Provisional agenda is available in the section below. Other meeting documents will be uploaded as soon as they become available in the same section. Please check this tab regularly.
The background material for the meeting includes relevant information derived from 2017 national implementation reports and the 2017 synthesis report as well as the Convention’s Implementation Guide, the analytical studies and the jurisprudence database developed under auspices of the Task Force.
In order to minimize the negative environmental impact of the meeting there will be no distribution of documents in the meeting room and we kindly urge you to bring with you all documents that you will require for the meeting.


Provisional agenda for the meeting (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.1)                     PDF
List of speakersPDF
List of outcomes
List of participants
Documents for all items
Decision VI/3 on promoting effective access to justice adopted by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention at its sixth session (Budva, 11-13 September 2017)PDF
Item 2. Access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information
Overview of the implementation of article 9, paragraph 1, of the Aarhus Convention (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.2)PDF
Selected considerations, findings and reports of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.3)PDF
Draft questionnaire on access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information (AC/TF.AJ-11/Inf.4)






Statements and presentationsENGFRERUS
Item 3. Stocktaking of recent and upcoming developments
Statement by Environment Links UKPDF

Registration deadline – 15 February 2018

Participants are requested to register online here:
We recommend you 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]unece.org) directly.
Participants requiring a personal invitation letter for visa purposes should click on the “visa required” option when registering online and register for the meeting as early as possible, taking into account the period required to obtain the visa.
Kindly note that information provided by participants when registering online (email, postal address and phone numbers), will be made publicly available through the list of participants unless requested otherwise through ‘comments field’.

Financial support request deadline - 12 January 2018.

Limited funds are available to provide financial support to judges, experts with relevant expertise from countries with economies in transition, eligible for financial support, selected speakers and NGOs.

To apply for financial support, eligible participants (except of NGOs representatives) are requested to register online and submit the completed financial support request form  by email to the UNECE secretariat (public.participation[at]unece.org, indicating in the subject line “Country name/organization  11TFAJ financial support request”) before 12 January 2018.

Please check also registration instructions above and indicate the same operational email address in the online registration and the financial support request form which can be used to provide the necessary information regarding the participation in the meeting. Kindly note that financial support request would be considered only after submission of the completed financial support request form and online registration.

NGOs representatives applying for financial support are requested to complete the online registration before 12 January 2018 and mention in the ‘comments field’ that they would like to receive financial support to participate in the meeting (see also other registration instructions above).