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24 October

Iceland Ratifies the Aarhus Convention



6 October

New treaty on pollutants enters into force on 8 October ENG FRE

17 July

New International treaty requires industries to report on pollutants ENG

2008 - Third meeting of the Parties, 11-13 June 2008

13 June

Aarhus Parties commit to strengthening environmental democracy in the UNECE region and beyond ENG

10 June

Parties to the world’s most far-reaching treaty on public participation and environmental rights meet in Latvia
11-13 June 2008 ENG

30 May

Environmental Democracy Treaty to Celebrate 10th Anniversary, 11-13 June 2008 ENG


21 May

UN Commissions promote the Information Society - From Declaration to Implementation ENG

21 May

Managing the environmental footprint of the Information Society ENG

18 Jan

Aarhus membership climbs to forty: Germany to become 40th Party to environmental rights treaty ENG


3 March

European Community ratifies pollutant right-to-know treaty ENG


18 Oct

Geneva International Academic Network Finances a Joint UNECE / University of Geneva Environment Research Team ENG

27 May

Environmental rights treaty body pushes forward environmental democracy agenda ENG

26 May

Parties adopt amendment on public participation in decision-making on genetically modified organisms ENG

24 May

Parties to the Convention hold second meeting (Almaty, Kazakhstan, 25-27 May 2005) ENG

25 Feb

Aarhus Convention ratified by the European Community - Four EU member States also to become Parties to environmental rights treaty ENG


7 Sept

Finland has become the latest country to ratify the Aarhus Convention. Following on the heels of ratifications by the Czech Republic and Slovenia, this brings the total number of Parties to the Convention to thirty ENG

13 July

A new “environmental democracy” clearing house – aarhusclearinghouse.unece.org – is being launched by the UNECE ENG

23 June

UNECE hosts side-event on PRTR at European Environment and Health Ministers Conference in Budapest ENG

14 May

Green groups challenge governments over compliance with treaty obligations ENG


10 Dec

Environmental democracy discussed at the World Summit on the Information Society ENG

31 Oct

UNECE Aarhus Convention takes hold in the European Union ENG

23 May

More Signatories to the new UNECE Protocols as Fifth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" wraps up in Kiev ENG

21 May

34 countries sign new Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers ENG

21 May

New United Nations treaty on pollution information disclosure to be adopted and signed today ENG

20 March

Public to play a role in enforcing international law ENG

31 Jan

Governements reach agreement on new United Nations Treaty on pollution information disclosure (Русский) ENG RUS


29 Nov

New right-to know treaty on pollution takes shape ENG

21 Oct

First Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention - Opening remarks by Mrs. Brigita Schmognerova, Executive Secretary, UNECE ENG

18 Oct

Governments and Environmentalists gather at launch of United Nations Convention on Environmental Democracy ENG

27 Aug

UNECE holds side-event on participatory democracy and good governance at World Summit on Sustainable Development ENG

26 Aug

Side event at the World Summit on Sustainable Development: Participatory democracy and good governance as fundamental tools for a human rights approach to sustainable development ENG


29 Oct

Environmental rights not a luxury - Aarhus Convention enters into force ENG

9 Aug

Aarhus Convention starts count-down to entry into force ENG

6 July

Governments, industry and environmental groups debate transparency in new chemicals law ENG

16 March

Environmental rights Convention embraces electronic information age ENG

28 Feb

Negotiations on new information law on pollution start today ENG

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