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

28 February - 1 March 2019

Salle VII, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland

The twelfth meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice will take place from 28 February 2019 (afternoon) to 1 March 2019 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Building A, Salle VII).

The meeting aims to provide a platform for exchanging information, experiences and good practices with regard to key recent developments in the implementation of the Convention’s pillar on access to justice and possible measures to remove barriers hampering its implementation. It thereby supports the implementation of environmental dimension of Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its target 16.3 (Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all)  that undergo in-depth review in 2019 .

The thematic session of the meeting will focus on access to justice in cases relating to air quality. The Task Force will identify good practices, barriers, challenges, innovative approaches, priority actions and needs to promote effective access to justice in such cases thereby also supporting the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals 3, 11 and 12. In addition, delegates will continue the discussion on measures to promote effective access to justice in cases on the right to environmental information based on the preliminary findings of the survey launched at the previous meeting. Delegates also will have an opportunity to share information other new developments related to the implementation of the third pillar of the Convention and examine tools to promote effective access to justice.

Hashtags for the meeting: @UNECEAarhus, #AarhusConvention, #AccesstoJustice, #CleanAir, #CleanerAir, #AirQuality, #AirPollution, #EnvironmentalRights, #Right2info, #SDG16

The meeting will be preceded by 2019 Judicial Colloquium (Geneva, 27-28 (morning) February 2019) for representatives of judiciary, judicial training institutions and other review bodies.

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.
Delegates who are interested to make a presentation or intervention at the meeting are kindly invited to contact the secretariat (public.participation[at]un.org) as soon as possible, preferably by 6 February 2019, 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.

Written input

Participants may wish to submit their written statements regarding the recent developments related to access to justice in environmental matters and summaries of cases relating to air quality which may have precedence in the legal system (see the template and other details from http://www.unece.org/env/pp/tfaj/jurisprudenceplatform.html ) in electronic form to the secretariat (public.participation[at]un.org) prior to the meeting, preferably before Wednesday, 6 February 2019.

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


All participants are requested to register online here:

Deadline for registration with financial support: 14 January 2019

Deadline for registration without financial support: 11 February 2019

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]un.org) directly.

Please ensure while registering online that you provide us with your contacts (e.g. post address, phone number, email address) which can be made publicly available through the list of participants.

Participants requiring a personal invitation letter for visa purposes should click on the “visa required” option and register for the meeting as early as possible, taking into account the period required to obtain the visa.

Financial support

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

Representatives of Governments should register online  and submit the completed financial support form  to the secretariat by e-mail (public.participation@un.org), indicating in the subject line “Country name – 12TFAJ financial support request” as soon as possible before 14 January 2019.

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 and other participants applying for financial support are requested to complete the online  registration as soon as possible before 14 January 2019 and mention in the ‘comments field’ that they would like to receive financial support to participate in the meeting, indicate relevant expertise and their possible input to the meeting (see also other registration instructions above).




Provisional agenda is available below. Other meeting documents will be uploaded there as soon as they become available.

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, relevant Compliance Committee findings of a systemic nature, 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.


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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.
Please note the new security measures at the Palais. Only three doors can now be used by delegates to enter and exit the building:  C6, A17 or E40 (see maps). These doors will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For additional practical information, please consult:  www.unece.org/env/pp/practical