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Sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

19 - 21 June 2013

Geneva, Switzerland

The sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention was held on 19-21 June 2013 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle V). The Working Group reviewed the progress in implementing the current work programme and discussed a number of items in preparation for the fifth ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties, including:

  • Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention;

  • Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions;

  • Future strategic plan 2015-2020 and future work programme 2015-2017;

  • Elements of possible financial arrangements; and

  • Agenda for the fifth ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties.

Furthermore, the meeting featured a thematic session on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums which was organised in the format of panel presentations followed by an interactive discussion.

Prior to the sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties a meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice was organized from 17-18 June 2013 in Geneva.

Documents

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Provisional Agenda (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/1)PDFPDFPDF
List of decisions and major outcomes of the meetingPDF
Report of the sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/2) PDFPDFPDF
Report on the implementation of the work programme for 2012-2014 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/3) PDFPDFPDF
Item 3 (a)

Report of the first meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/5)

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Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Information (AC/WGP-16/Inf.1)PDF
Item 3 (b)

Report of the third meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/4)

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Report of the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/6)

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Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (AC/WGP-16/Inf.2)

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Item 3 (c)

Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice (AC/WGP-16/Inf.3)

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Item 4 (a)

Membership of the Compliance Committee (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/11)

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Note by the Chair of the Compliance Committee on promoting effective compliance with the Convention (AC/WGP-16/Inf.7)

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Item 4 (b)

Outcomes of the survey on the Communication Strategy (AC/WGP-16/Inf.4)

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Item 4 (c)
2014 reporting cycle training: ExperiencesPDF
2014 reporting cycle training: Practical considerationsPDF
Item 7 : Thematic session on promoting the principles of the Convention in international forums (PPIF)
Provisional detailed agendaPDF
"3 minute survey" on measures at the national level to systematically promote PPIF DOC
Draft checklist of measures to be borne in mind when developing national action plans on PPIFDOC
Arrangements for intergovernmental meetings, Note by the Executive Secretary to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC/SBC/2013/4) (refer paras. 29-35)PDF
Decision 27/2 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (refer pages 25-27 of the Proceedings of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum at its first universal session (UNEP/GC.27/17))PDF

Note by the Chair of the thematic session on public participation in international forums (AC/WGP-16/Inf.5)

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Item 8 (a)
Draft Strategic Plan for 2015–2020 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/7)

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DOC

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Item 8 (b) (i)

Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/8)

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Accompanying document 1 to the Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (AC/WGP-16/Inf.8)PDF
Accompanying document 2 to the Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (AC/WGP-16/Inf.9)PDF
Item 8 (b) (ii)

Draft elements of the work programme for 2015–2017 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/12)

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DOC

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Item 8 (c) (i)

Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/9)

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Accompanying document to the Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (AC/WGP-16/Inf.10)PDF
Item 8 (c) (ii)

Draft elements of possible financial arrangements under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/10)

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DOC

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DOC

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Item 8 (d)

Outline of the agenda of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/13)

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Note on the preparatory timeline for the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (AC/WGP-16/Inf.6)

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Statements and comments

Format
Statements in and post-meeting
Agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information 
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information PDF
Statement by Serbia on the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information PDF
Statement by the Republic of Moldova on  the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information PDF
Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information PDF
Agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making 
Statement by the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in decision-making on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making PDF
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making PDF
Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making PDF
Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making, additional statement PDF
Agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justice
Statement by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice on  the agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justicePDF
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justicePDF
Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justicePDF
Agenda item 4(a): Procedures and mechanism: Compliance mechanism 
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 4(a): Procedures and mechanism: Compliance mechanism PDF
Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 4(a): Procedures and mechanism: Compliance mechanismPDF
Agenda item 5: Accession by non-UNECE States and promotion of the Convention's principles in other regions
Statement by the Government of Chile on the agenda item 5: Accession by non-UNECE States and promotion of the Convention's principles in other regionsPDF
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 5: Accession by non-UNECE States and promotion of the Convention's principles in other regions PDF
Agenda item 6:Implementation of the work-programme for 2012-2014, including financial arrangements
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 6:Implementation of the work-programme for 2012-2014, including financial arrangementsPDF
Agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forumsPDF
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums, as prepared and delivered to the secretariat after the meetingPDF
Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums, in relation to forestry agreementPDF
Agenda item 8(a): Future strategic plan
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(a): Future strategic plan PDF
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(a): Future strategic plan - updated on 25 July 2013PDF
Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 8(a): Future strategic planPDF
Agenda item 8(b)(i): Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(b)(i): Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the ConventionPDF
Agenda item 8(b)(ii): Future work programme
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(b)(ii): Future work programmePDF
Agenda item 8(c)(i): Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions 
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(c)(i): Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions PDF
Agenda item 8(c)(ii): Future financial arrangements uner the Convention 
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(c)(ii): Future financial arrangements uner the Convention PDF
Agenda item 8(d) and (e): Agenda and hosting of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties 
Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(d) and (e): Agenda and hosting of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties PDF
Comments to the draft evaluation and draft assessment
Item 8 (b) (i)
Comments by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the in-depth evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/8)PDF
Item 8 (c) (i)

Comments by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the draft assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/9)

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Documents:
Provisional detailed agendaPDF
"3 minute survey" on measures at the national level to systematically promote PPIFDOC
Draft checklist of measures to be borne in mind when developing national action plans on PPIFDOC
Note by the Chair of the thematic session on public participation in international forums (AC/WGP-16/Inf.5)PDF
Arrangements for intergovernmental meetings, Note by the Executive Secretary to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC/SBC/2013/4) (refer paras. 29-35)PDF
Decision 27/2 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (refer pages 25-27 of the Proceedings of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum at its first universal session (UNEP/GC.27/17))PDF
Presentations:
Session 1:     Follow up from the previous thematic session

Update on the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development:

Ms. Joanna Cornelius, on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF

Update on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):

UNFCCC secretariatPDF
Mr. Sébastien Duyck, on behalf of Climate Action Network and European ECO ForumPDF
Session 2:     The new United Nations Environment Assembly
Mr. Philippe Ramet, Ministère de l'Ecologie, de l'Energie, du Dévelopmment Durable et de l'Aménagement de Territoire, France
Mr. Alexander Juras, United Nations Environment ProgrammePDF
Ms. Gita Parihar, on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
Session 3:     Policy reviews by international financial institutions
Ms. Elizabeth Smith, European Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentPDF
Ms. Adina Relicovschi, European Investment BankPDF
Ms. Selina Jackson, World BankPDF
Mr. Petr Hlobil, CEE BankwatchPDF
Closing session: The way forward