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Twenty-fourth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, on site

28 - 29 October 2020

Tempus 2, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

1 - 3 July 2020 (virtual) and 28-29 October 2020 (hybrid), Geneva, Palais des Nations
Due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic it was not feasible to hold the twenty-fourth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention in Geneva on 1-3 July 2020 as was planned originally. The meeting was held instead in two slots:

• Items of informational nature were considered in a virtual format on 1-3 July 2020 with no decision-making and
• Items requiring decision-making were considered at hybrid sessions on 28-29 October 2020 in Geneva at the Palais des Nations

For more information please read a news article about the meeting: Upholding Aarhus Rights in a Changing World

Virtual sessions on 1-3 July
During the virtual sessions the Working Group of the Parties considered items that would require only provision of information by the Chairs of subsidiary bodies and of the session on prompting the Convention’s principles in international forums, the secretariat or other organizations. No decisions were taken during the virtual sessions except of adoption of the meeting’s organisation of work and of the agenda for virtual sessions. The sessions resulted in draft outcomes that were considered at hybrid sessions in October. However:

• Parties and stakeholders were requested to submit written comments on documents that are subject to decision-making for the sessions in July as to progress with preparations and discussions at in-person meeting in October. In order to facilitate preparations, they were requested to submit the comments and the related statements as soon as possible before 24 June 2020.
• Parties and stakeholders could also submit written statements on items that are not subject to decision-making as to inform participants of any relevant developments.

Hybrid sessions on 28-29 October 
Hybrid sessions focused on:

• Two thematic sessions on access to justice and on prompting the Convention’s principles in international forums and
• Items that are subject to decision-making, including the future work on access to information, public participation in decision-making, access to justice, promotion of the Convention and its principles etc, based on the Chairs’ notes and outcomes of the sessions held in July (these issues were
considered during the item on future work programme).

Documents
Documents for the meeting are being uploaded on this webpage as soon as they become available.



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New organisation of work (AC/WGP-24/Inf.13/Rev.1)PDFPDFPDF
Organisation of Work (AC/WGP-24/Inf.13)PDFPDFPDF
Provisional Agenda (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/1) PDFPDFPDF
List of decisions and major outcomes of the sessions held on 28-29 October 2020 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.21)PDF
List of outcomes of the sessions held on 1-3 July 2020 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.15)PDF
Item 3 (a)
Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice (AC/WGP-24/Inf.3)PDF
Item 3 (b)
Report of the Task Force on Access to Information on its sixth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/3) PDFPDFPDF
Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Information (AC/WGP-24/Inf.1)PDF
Draft updated Recommendations on the electronic information tools (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/14)

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Addendum with supporting explanatory notes (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/14/Add.1) 

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Accompanying document for the draft updated recommendations on the electronic information tools (AC/WGP-24/Inf.12)PDF
Item 3 (c) 
Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (AC/WGP-24/Inf.2)PDF
Item 3 (d)
Report on the third Joint Round Table on Public Awareness, Access to Information and Public Participation regarding Living Modified Organisms/Genetically Modified Organisms (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/6)PDFPDFPDF
Item 4 (a)
Membership of the Compliance Committee (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/9)PDFPDFPDF
Item 6
Report on the implementation of the work programme for 2018–2021 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/4) PDFPDFPDF
Report on contributions and expenditures in relation to the implementation of the Convention’s work programme for 2018-2021 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/5) PDFPDFPDF
Note on contributions and pledges received after 1 April 2020 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.14)PDF
Note on contributions and pledges received between 1 April -7 October 2020 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.18)PDF
Item 7
Indicative preparatory timeline for MoP7 and MoPP4 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.19)PDF
Item 7 (a)
Draft elements of the work programme for 2022–2025 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/7) PDF
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Accompanying document for Draft elements of the work programme for 2022–2025 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.11)  PDF
Draft note on a rapid response mechanism to deal with cases related to article 3 (8) of the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/13) PDFPDFPDF
Overview of existing mechanisms under other treaties and organisations that cover or may potentially cover rights of environmental defenders (AC/WGP-24/Inf.7)PDF
Explanatory note regarding comments by EU and its Member States (AC/WGP-24/Inf.15)PDF
Information note on the situation regarding environmental defenders in Parties to the Aarhus Convention from 2017 to date (AC/WGP-24/Inf.16)
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Information note collating excerpts of the Parties’ 2017 National Implementation Reports regarding article 3(8) of the Convention (AC/WGP-24/Inf.17)PDF
Item 7 (b) 
Draft Strategic Plan for 2022–2030 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/11) PDF
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Self-assessment of Parties regarding implementation of the Draft Strategic Plan for 2022–2030 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.8)PDF
Accompanying document for Draft Strategic Plan for 2022–2030 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.9) PDF
Item 7 (c)
Expression of intention by Guinea-Bissau to accede to the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/12) PDFPDFPDF
Item 7 (d)
Draft elements of possible financial arrangements under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/8) PDF
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Accompanying document for draft elements of possible financial arrangements (AC/WGP-24/Inf.10)PDF
Item 7 (e)  
Draft elements of the provisional agenda of the seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/10) PDF
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Item 8
Note by the Chair of the thematic session on public participation in international forums (AC/WGP-24/Inf.4)PDF

 

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Statements and comments by EU and its Member States
Agenda items: 1, 3 (a,b,c,d), 4 (a,b,c), 5, 6, 7 (c,e,f) (1-3 July)
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Agenda item 7 (a): Future work programme (1-3 July)
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Agenda item 7 (b): Future strategic plan (1-3 July)
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Agenda item 7 (b): Future strategic plan (28-29 October, submitted after the meeting)

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Agenda item 7 (d): Future financial arrangements (1-3 July)
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Agenda item 1: Adoption of the Agenda (28-29 October)PDF
Agenda item 7 (a): Future work programme  (28-29 October)PDF

 

 

Statements and comments by SwitzerlandPDF
Item 3 (a): Access to Justice
Report by the Chair  PDF
Norway (1-3 July)PDF
Client Earth PDF
European ECO ForumPDF
Item 3 (b): Access to Information
Report by the ChairPDF
Norway (1-3 July)PDF
European ECO ForumPDF
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Item 3 (c): Public Participation in decision-making
Norway (1-3 July)PDF
European ECO ForumPDF
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The Consultation InstitutePDF
Journalists for Human RightsPDF
Item 3 (d): Genetically modified organisms
European ECO forumPDF
Item 4 (a): Compliance mechanism
Norway - RRM (1-3 July)PDF
Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance CommitteePDF
European ECO ForumPDF
Item 4 (b): Reporting mechanism
2021 Reporting Cycle - Practical ConsiderationsPDF
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Item 4 (c): Capacity building and awareness-raising
OSCEPDF
Item 5: Promotion of the Convention and relevant developments and interlinkages
OHCHRPDF
UNEPPDF
European ECO ForumPDF
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Item 6: Implementation of the work programme for 2018–2021, including financial matters
Norway (1-3 July)PDF
European ECO ForumPDF
Item 7 (a): Future work programme
Norway - RRM (28-29 October)PDF
Norway - WP (28-29 October)PDF
SerbiaPDF
European ECO ForumPDFPDF
European ECO ForumPDF
Item 7 (b) Strategic Plan 2022-2030
Norway (28-29 October)PDF
European ECO ForumPDF
Item 7 (c): Accession by States from outside the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe region
Guinea-BissauPDF
Item 7 (d):Future financial arrangements
Norway (1-3 July)PDF
Norway (28-29 October)PDF
Irish Environmental NetworkPDF
European ECO ForumPDF
Item 7 (e) Agenda of MOP 7
Norway (28-29 October)PDF
Item 7 (f)
Hosting of the seventh session of the Meeting of the PartiesPDF
Item 8: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums (for statements see tab "PPIF session")
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Item 8: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums
Provisional Programme of the thematic session on the promotion of the Aarhus Convention's principles in international forums (AC/WGP-24/Inf.6.rev.1)PDF
Results of the survey for Parties and stakeholders in preparation for the thematic session on the promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums (AC/WGP-24/Inf.20)PDF
I. Promotion of the Convention’s principles in the international trade negotiations
Ms. Nino Gokhelashvili, Head, Sustainable Development Division, Environment and Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of GeorgiaPDF
Ms. Tamara Malkova, Information Center "Green Dossier" on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
Ms. Attracta Ui Bhroin, Environmental Law Officer, Irish Environmental Network, IEN on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
II. Promotion of the Convention’s principles in the International Civil Aviation Organization processes
Ms. Marie-Pierre Meganck, Conseillère Environnement-Transport, Mission Permanente de la France auprès des Nations-Unies à Genève et des autres organisations internationales en SuissePDF
Mr. Gilles Dufrasne, ICSA Coalition; Policy Officer, Carbon Market WatchPDF
III. Update on items considered at previous thematic sessions and consideration of recent developments
Ms. Linda Schneider, Senior Programme Officer International Climate Policy, Heinrich-Böll on behalf of Heinrich-Böll Foundation, CIEL and ETC GroupPDF
Ms. Luzie Schrameyer, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
Ms. Anke Stock, Senior Gender Expert & Lawyer; Board Member, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
Written statement by UNECE on Stakeholder engagement in global and regional follow-up and review of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals PDF
Written statement EBRD stakeholder engagementPDF
Written statement Update on EIB Stakeholder Engagement Policy and Access to Information PolicyPDF
Written Statement of UNEP for the Thematic Session on Promoting the Principles of the Aarhus Convention in International ForaPDF
Written statement by UNFCCC secretariat regarding observer engagementPDF
Written statement AIIBPDF
Written statement, the World Bank Access to Information and Stakeholder EngagementPDF
Statements
European ECO ForumPDF
European ECO Forum/Irish Environmental NetworkPDF
European ECO Forum/CIELPDF
European ECO Forum supplementary oral statement PDF
Submitted by ICSA to 23d meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
Letter from the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) to the Chair of the thematic session on public participation in international forumsPDF
Note by the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) on public participation and access to information at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)PDF
Statement by International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) on public participation and access to information at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)PDF

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Provisional programme (AC/WGP-24/Inf.5/Rev.1)PDF
II. Setting the scene: key achievements, challenges and trends in relation to access to justice
Lord Robert Carnwath, former Justice of UK Supreme Court, representing the European Union Forum of Judges for the EnvironmentPDF
Ms. Harriet Owens, Environmental Lawyer, ClientEarth and the European ECO ForumPDF
Ms. Marianna Bolshakova, Regional Coordinator, Environmental Law and Governance, UNEPPPT
Justice Serhii Burlakov, Judge, Civil Cassation Chamber, Supreme Court of UkrainePPT
III. The role of public interest litigation in environmental matters
Mr. John E. Bonine, Professor, School of Law, University of Oregon PPT
Mr. Csaba Kiss, Coordinator, Justice and EnvironmentPPT
Ms. Marta Osleja, Legal Division, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, LatviaPPT
Ms. Tina Janjatovic, Senior Legal Adviser, Ministry of Environmental Protection, SerbiaPDF
Ms. Lena Hehemann, Legal Affairs Division, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, SwitzerlandPPT
Ms. Attracta Ui Bhrion, European ECO Forum/Irish Environmental NetworkPDF
Mr. Sebastian Bechtel, European ECO Forum/ClientEarthPDF