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AARHUS CONVENTION

Convention on Access to Information,
Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice
in Environmental Matters

Working Group on Compliance and Rules of Procedure

At the second meeting of the Signatories, it was decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group to draw up a text for a draft decision establishing a compliance mechanism in accordance with Article 15 of the Convention, with the intention that this would be adopted at the first meeting of the Parties. A task force on compliance has carried out the preliminary work and the results are reflected in the reports of its two meetings.

The second meeting of the Signatories also discussed the draft rules of procedure which are to be considered and adopted at the first meeting of the Parties in accordance with Article 10, paragraph 2 (h). It was decided that the same open-ended intergovernmental working group should draw up a text to be considered at the first meeting of the Parties. The first meeting of the Working Group on Compliance and Rules of Procedure took place in Geneva on 12-16 February 2001. The outcome of the meeting is reflected in the report of the meeting, which is now available in English only.

A second meeting of the Working Group took place in Geneva 26-27 November 2001. The Working Group made good progress on the draft decision on the compliance mechanism and the annex, including the mechanism, but did not have much time to deal with the draft rules of procedure for the meeting of the Parties. The copy of the report is now available in all three languages as well as an informal compiled version of the draft decision on a compliance mechanism in English only. The Working Group decided that it would not meet again and that the two draft decisions could be finalized by the Preparatory Working Group.

Meetings of the Working Group on Compliance and Rules of Procedure and of the Task Force on Compliance

Second meeting of the Working Group on Compliance and Rules of Procedure

26-27 November 2001, Geneva (Switzerland)

List of participants of the second meeting

PDF ENG    

Informal compiled version of the draft decision on compliance mechanism

PDF ENG    

Report of the second meeting (CEP/WG.5/AC.1/2001/6)

PDF ENG FRE RUS

Provisional agenda for the second meeting (CEP/WG.5/AC.1/2001/5)

PDF ENG FRE RUS
 

First meeting of the Working Group on Compliance and Rules of Procedure

12-16 February 2001, Geneva (Switzerland)

Report on the first meeting  (CEP/WG.5/AC.1/2001/2)

PDF ENG FRE RUS

List of participants of the first meeting

PDF ENG    

Comments from delegations on the draft rules of procedure

PDF ENG    

Resource implications of various options for developing a compliance mechanism (CEP/WG.5/AC.1/2001/4)

PDF ENG FRE RUS
 

Second meeting of the Task Force on Compliance

12-16 February 2001, Geneva (Switzerland)

Report on the second meeting of the Task Force (CEP/WG.5/AC.1/2001/3)

PDF ENG FRE RUS
 

First meeting of the Task Force on Compliance

3-5 July 2000, Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Report on the first meeting of the Task Force (CEP/WG.5/2000/4)

PDF ENG FRE RUS

 

Other relevant documentation

Second meeting of the Signatories

3-5 July 2000, Dubrovnik (Croatia)

Report on the second meeting of Signatories (CEP/WG.5/2000/2)

PDF ENG FRE RUS

Draft rules of procedure of the meeting of the parties (CEP/WG.5/2000/3)

PDF ENG FRE RUS
 

First meeting of the Signatories

19-21 April 1999, Chisinau (Republic of Moldova)

Report on the first meeting of Signatories (CEP/WG.5/1999/2)

PDF ENG FRE RUS

 

For further information on these background meetings, please click on the "1st meeting of WPG" tab on the left bar menu on this webpage.

 

 

 

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Languages: ENG – English; FRE – French; RUS – Russian
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