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Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs, their joint High-level Segment and associated meetings

11 - 15 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), the third session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs), their Joint High-level Segment and associated preparatory meetings took place in Budva at the kind invitation of the Government of Montenegro.

The events provided a platform for Parties, signatories, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges with regard to promoting effective access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in relation to a wide range of issues affecting the environment. The two sessions featured a Joint High-level Segment where delegations focussed on the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read about the highlights of each meeting day in Informal Daily Reports

The Full Summary of the Budva meetings is available here.

Live broadcast of the Joint High-Level Segment

The Joint High-level Segment was broadcasted live and is available from the host country website  www.aarhusmontenegro.me. The video recording might be of interest to the Aarhus community not being able to join us in Budva.
The thematic session of the JHLS comprised of two panel discussions related to the themes of the Budva Declaration. Panellists shared examples how the Aarhus Convention and/or the Protocol on PRTRs can be used to support achievement of one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. The programme of the High-level segment, including its thematic session, is available here.

Press release

A press release on the meetings in Budva is available here.

UNECE news - Views on the state of play and the future of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs
UNECE spoke prior to the events to some of the leading lights of the Budva meetings to learn their views about the current state of play of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs and their hopes for the future. Read more, here

For more detailed information, including on list of participants, statements and other material, election of the Compliance Committees members, please visit individual web pages for:

 

MeetingsMainDocuments
Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention  (11 - 13 September 2017)Main pageDocuments
Third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs
(15 September 2017)
Main pageDocuments
Joint High-level Segment under the Meetings of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs (14 September 2017)Main page&
Documents

The meetings were held in parallel with:

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

Sixth meeting of the Protocol Compliance Committee (14-15 September 2017)