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Seventh meeting of the Task Force  
Geneva, 11–12 December 2008

The 7th meeting of the task force took place on 11–12 December 2008 in Geneva. Experts reviewed the new mandate of the Task Force adopted by the Parties at its third meeting (decision II/3) and discussed activities in support of the 2009–2011 work programme.

The meeting featured a Forum on Information Clearinghouses on 11 December 2008. The Forum examined four models for developing national nodes of the Aarhus Clearinghouse Mechanism. It also called for strengthening cooperation with the Aarhus Public Environmental Information Centers being developed through the support of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and, in South East Europe, in Albania.

To further the exchange of information of good practices and promote the application of electronic information tools, the meeting agreed to continue the programme of capacity-building workshops initiated under the previous work programme. It was suggested that two events be organized in the Baltic Republic and South East Europe during the 2009–2011 triennium.

The Bureau of the Task Force presented two certificates gratefully acknowledging the contributions of the Aarhus Centre Georgia as "Best National Node 2008" and the European ECO Forum as "Best Information Node 2008" of the Aarhus Clearinghouse Mechanism.

Documents for the seventh meeting:
Provisional annotated agenda PDF ENG    
Final programme of the Forum on Information Clearinghouses PDF ENG  
Report of the seventh meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2009/4 PDF ENG FRE RUS
Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Questionnaire on implementation of decision II/3)
ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.1
PDF ENG FRE RUS
Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Summary of Responses to Questionnaire) ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.2 PDF ENG FRE RUS
Decision III/2 on electronic information tools and the clearinghouse mechanism
ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.4
PDF ENG
ENG RUS
List of Participants PDF ENG    

Informal documents

EC note on proposed collaboration between the Aarhus Clearinghouse and eEnvironment Newsletter PDF ENG    
Uzbekistan response to the Questionnaire on implementation of decision II/3 PDF     RUS

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Sixth meeting of the Task Force  
Geneva, 13–14 December 2007

The 6th meeting of the task force took place on 13-14 December 2007 in Geneva. The provisional annotated agenda may be downloaded here.

On the first day of the meeting, the Task Force held a mini-conference, Agenda 21 and the Information Society: Assessing Progress on Closing the Digital Divide, Access to Environmental Information and ICT for Sustainable Development in the ECE Region.

On day two of the meeting, the Task Force discussed possible elements for the Convention's 2009–2011 work programme and implementation of the Recommendations for the. More Effective Use of Electronic Information Tools to Provide Public Access to Environmental Information.

Upgrades implemented to the Aarhus Clearinghouse were also presented by the secretariat.

Documents for the sixth meeting
Provisional annotated agenda DOC ENG    
Final programme of the mini-conference "Agenda 21 and the Information Society", held on 13 December 2007 PDF ENG  
Report of the sixth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2008/4
PDF ENG FRE RUS
Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Questionnaire on implementation of Decision II/3)
ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.1
PDF ENG FRE RUS
Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Summary of Responses to Questionnaire) ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.2 PDF ENG FRE RUS
List of Participants PDF ENG    
Informal documents
CENN intervention PDF ENG    

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Fifth meeting of the Task Force  
Geneva, 23–24 November 2006

The 5th meeting of the task force took place on 23–24 November 2006 in Geneva. The provisional annotated agenda may be downloaded here.

The meeting discussed implementation of the Recommendations for the More Effective Use of Electronic Information Tools to Provide Public Access to Environmental Information, including responses to the questionnaire circulated to national delegations on this topic. Delegates. were invited to review the prospectus for the first capacity-building workshop on the Aarhus Clearinghouse and Electronic Information Tools.

Upgrades being implemented for the Aarhus Clearinghouse were also. presented by the secretariat.

The Task Force agreed to extend the deadline for submittal of responses to the questionnaire to 20 December 2006. The secretariat will prepare a draft of a summary report on the responses and circulate this to members of the Task Force in early January 2007, allowing two weeks for submission of comments.

Documents for the fifth meeting
Provisional annotated agenda PDF ENG    
Report of the fifth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3 PDF ENG FRE RUS
Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Questionnaire on implementation of Decision II/3) ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.1 PDF ENG FRE RUS
Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Summary of Responses to Questionnaire) ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.2 PDF ENG FRE RUS
Prospectus for the first sub-regional workshop on Capacity Building for the Aarhus Clearinghouse and Electronic Information Tools (Szentendre workshop) PDF ENG    
Questionnaire to assess implementation of the Recommendations on Electronic Information Tools (decision II/3) - original unedited MSWord version DOC ENG    
Questionnaire to assess implementation of the Recommendations on Electronic Information Tools (decision II/3) - original unedited Acobe PDF version PDF ENG    
Draft guidance for national nodes of the Aarhus Clearinghouse Mechanism ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/5/Add.1 PDF ENG FRE RUS
List of Participants PDF ENG    

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Fourth meeting of the Task Force  
Geneva, 7–8 November 2005

The 4th meeting of the Task Force took place on 7–8 November 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Chris Jarvis (UK) was elected chairman of the task force. The task force reviewed decision II/3 on Electronic Information Tools and the Clearing-house Mechanism (ENG FRE RUS), discussed preparation of a programme of capacity-building workshops and reviewed draft guidance for national nodes of the Clearinghouse.

The Task Force asked the secretariat to develop and circulate a questionnaire to assist with monitoring implementation of the Recommendations on the More Effective Use of Electronic Information Tools to Provide Public Access to Environmental Information, annexed to. decision II/3, before the fifth meeting.

The Task Force agreed to amend the draft guidance for national nodes and requested the secretariat to prepare a new, shortened version based on comments received at the meeting and through a follow-up electronic consultation.

As the report of the meeting and the draft guidance for national nodes are input documents to the sixth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties, these are available in English, French and Russian language verisions.

You can download copies of the documents from the fourth meeting of the Task Force:

Provisional Agenda DOC ENG    
Report of the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools PDF ENG FRE RUS
Draft guidance for national nodes of the Aarhus Clearinghouse Mechanism (post-session version) PDF ENG FRE RUS
List of Participants DOC ENG    

Informal documents

The Access Initiative and Partnership for Principle 10 - Presentation by Ms. Nathalie Eddy, World Resources Institute PPT ENG
Aarhus Clearinghouse Progress Report - Presentation by the Aarhus Convention secretariat PPT ENG
EEA Neighbourhood Project - Presentation by Mr. Tim Hague, European Environmental Agency PPT ENG
Draft guidance for national nodes of the Aarhus Clearinghouse Mechanism (pre-session version) DOC ENG
UNECE activities reported to WSIS-II (Tunis), including adoption of Recommendations on the more
effective use of electronic tools to provide public access to environmental information
DOC ENG

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Third meeting of the Task Force 
Geneva, 1–2 July 2004

The 3rd meeting of the Task Force took place on 1–2 July 2004 in Geneva, Switzerland. The task force had amended the text of Recommendations on the More Effective Use of Electronic Information Tools and proposed elements for inclusion in a future work programme of the task force.

Subsequently, these recommendations and proposed elements were combined into a draft decision and transmitted to the Working Group of the Parties. The final text was adopted as Decision II/3 on Electronic Information Tools and the Clearing-House Mechanism ( ECE/MP.PP/2005/2/Add.4) at the second Meeting of the Parties to the Convention.

You can download these documents from the table below.

Provisional Agenda PDF ENG    
Report of the third meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
MP.PP/WG.1/2004/12
PDF ENG FRE RUS
Draft decision on Electronic Information Tools MP.PP/WG.1/2004/12/Add.1 PDF ENG FRE RUS
List of Participants PDF ENG    

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Second meeting of the Task Force 
Geneva, 26–27 January 2004

The 2nd meeting of the Task Force took place on 26–27 January 2004 in Geneva. In order to prepare for the meeting, delegations had been asked to submit responses to a questionnaire on the use of electronic tools to promote the implementation of the Convention in their countries.

The Task Force had continued with exchange of experiences on good practices (for more details, please see presentations prepared by Belgium (Flanders region), Hungary and REC Russia).

The Environment Agency of England and Wales (UK) had presented latest developments in a capacity-building project implemented in cooperation with UNEP.

You can also see a presentation on e-government prepared for the meeting by Alexander Ntoko, Head of ITU's E-Strategy Unit.

Preliminary agenda for 2nd meeting of the Task Force (Geneva, 26-27 January 2004) DOC ENG    
List of Participants DOC ENG    
Report of the second meeting of the Task Force MP.PP/WG.1/2004/4 PDF ENG FRE RUS

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First meeting of the New Task Force on Electronic Information Tools  
Sofia, 23–24 June 2003

The first meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention established a new task force to facilitate the implementation of the Convention by. preparing draft recommendations on the more effective use of electronic. information tools to provide public access to environmental information. (see decision I/6 ENG FRE RUS). The Task Force, led by Bulgaria, held its first. meeting on 23–24 June 2003 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Before the meeting, participants were invited to submit questionnaires on the use of electronic tools in their countries and regions. The following delegations submitted their responses:

Armenia Romania
Austria Sweden
Belarus Tajikistan
Denmark Uzbekistan
Kyrgyzstan Estonia
Malta IHEAL
Serbia and Montenegro REC

The new task force had continued to examine good practice examples in this field and further explored the mechanisms for dissemination of environmental information to the public in electronic form. Please follow the links to find out more about the Biodiversity Clearing-House (Bulgaria), eCommunities Project (Estonia), E Governance Initiative (Estonia), Aarhus Convention National web page (Romania), EnviroNet (Sweden), What's In Your Backyard (United Kingdom) and Electronic Networking for Environmental NGOs in Southeast Europe.

Relevant developments and processes in the area of electronic tools were presented by representatives of UNEP, GRID-Arendal and The World Bank.

Preliminary agenda for 1st meeting of the Task Force (Sofia, Bulgaria, 23–24 June 2003) DOC ENG    
List of Participants DOC ENG    
Report on the first meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
MP.PP/WG.1/2003/4
PDF ENG FRE RUS

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File formats: PDF = PDF file; Word DOC = MS Word file; PPT = MS PowerPoint presentation file
Languages: ENG – English; FRE – French; RUS – Russian
Documents available for downloading are indicated in blue typeface: ENG FRE RUS.