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Public Participation


The Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs empower people with the rights to access information, participate in decision-making in environmental matters and to seek justice. They are the only legally binding global instruments on environmental democracy. Their powerful twin protections for the environment and human rights can help us respond to many challenges facing our world: from climate change and the loss of biodiversity, air and water pollution to poverty eradication and security. They provide a solid framework for governments to engage the public effectively in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs.

In focus

Twelfth meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice, 28 February-1 March 2019 at Salle VII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Key dates to remember:

Deadline for registration with financial support request: 14 January 2019
Deadline for registration without financial support request: 11 February 2019
Deadline for advance notification on presentations, interventions and statements: 6 February 2019

2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region, 21-22 March 2019 at the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland
Round table "Empowering People to Protect the Planet - the Environmental Dimension of SDG 16" on 22 March 2019, 11:35 a.m. - 1 p.m.