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Geneva and Kiev, 23 May 2003

More Signatories to the new UNECE Protocols as
Fifth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe"
wraps up in Kiev


During the fifth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe" taking place in Kiev this week, two more countries, Slovenia (22 May) and Croatia (23 May), have signed the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention).

This brings the total number of Signatories to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to 36 and to the total number of Signatories to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to 37.

On 21 May, 22 countries also signed the new Protocol on Civil Liability and Damage Caused by the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents on Transboundary Waters to the Conventions on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents and on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Waters and International Lakes.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Kaj BARLUND, Director
UNECE Environment and Human Settlements Division
Palais des Nations
CH - 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Phone: +41 (0) 22 917 23 70
Fax: +41 (0) 22 907 01 07
E-mail: kaj.barlund@unece.org

Or the office of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe at the Environment for Europe Conference in Kiev
(phone : +380 44 206 81 10)

 

Ref: ECE/ENV/03/P17