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Sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

19 - 21 June 2013

Geneva, Switzerland

The sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention was held on 19-21 June 2013 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle V). The Working Group reviewed the progress in implementing the current work programme and discussed a number of items in preparation for the fifth ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties, including:

  • Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention;
  • Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions;
  • Future strategic plan 2015-2020 and future work programme 2015-2017;
  • Elements of possible financial arrangements; and
  • Agenda for the fifth ordinary session of the Meeting of the Parties.

Furthermore, the meeting featured a thematic session on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums which was organised in the format of panel presentations followed by an interactive discussion.

Prior to the sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties a meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice was organized from 17-18 June 2013 in Geneva.

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Provisional Agenda (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/1)

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List of decisions and major outcomes of the meeting

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Report of the sixteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/2)

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Report on the implementation of the work programme for 2012-2014 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/3)

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Item 3 (a)

Report of the first meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/5)

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Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Information (AC/WGP-16/Inf.1)

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Item 3 (b)

Report of the third meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/4)

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Report of the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/6)

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Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (AC/WGP-16/Inf.2)

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Item 3 (c)

Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice (AC/WGP-16/Inf.3)

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Item 4 (a)

Membership of the Compliance Committee (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/11)

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Note by the Chair of the Compliance Committee on promoting effective compliance with the Convention (AC/WGP-16/Inf.7)

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Item 4 (b)

Outcomes of the survey on the Communication Strategy (AC/WGP-16/Inf.4)

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Item 4 (c)

2014 reporting cycle training: Experiences

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2014 reporting cycle training: Practical considerations

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Item 7 : Thematic session on promoting the principles of the Convention in international forums (PPIF)

Provisional detailed agenda

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"3 minute survey" on measures at the national level to systematically promote PPIF

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Draft checklist of measures to be borne in mind when developing national action plans on PPIF

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Arrangements for intergovernmental meetings, Note by the Executive Secretary to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC/SBC/2013/4) (refer paras. 29-35)

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Decision 27/2 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (refer pages 25-27 of the Proceedings of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum at its first universal session (UNEP/GC.27/17))

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Note by the Chair of the thematic session on public participation in international forums (AC/WGP-16/Inf.5)

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Item 8 (a)

Draft Strategic Plan for 2015–2020 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/7)

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Item 8 (b) (i)

Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/8)

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Accompanying document 1 to the Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (AC/WGP-16/Inf.8)

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Accompanying document 2 to the Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (AC/WGP-16/Inf.9)

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Item 8 (b) (ii)

Draft elements of the work programme for 2015–2017 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/12)

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Item 8 (c) (i)

Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/9)

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Accompanying document to the Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (AC/WGP-16/Inf.10)

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Item 8 (c) (ii)

Draft elements of possible financial arrangements under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/10)

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Item 8 (d)

Outline of the agenda of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties of the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/13)

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Note on the preparatory timeline for the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (AC/WGP-16/Inf.6)

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Statements and comments

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Statements in and post-meeting

Agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information 

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information 

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Statement by Serbia on the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information 

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Statement by the Republic of Moldova on  the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information 

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Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(a): Substantive issues: Access to information 

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Agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making 

Statement by the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in decision-making on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making 

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Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making 

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Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making 

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Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(b): Substantive issues: Public participation in decision-making, additional statement 

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Agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justice

Statement by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice on  the agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justice

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Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justice

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Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 3(c): Substantive issues: Access to justice

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Agenda item 4(a): Procedures and mechanism: Compliance mechanism 

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 4(a): Procedures and mechanism: Compliance mechanism 

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Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 4(a): Procedures and mechanism: Compliance mechanism

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Agenda item 5: Accession by non-UNECE States and promotion of the Convention's principles in other regions

Statement by the Government of Chile on the agenda item 5: Accession by non-UNECE States and promotion of the Convention's principles in other regions

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Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 5: Accession by non-UNECE States and promotion of the Convention's principles in other regions 

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Agenda item 6:Implementation of the work-programme for 2012-2014, including financial arrangements

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 6:Implementation of the work-programme for 2012-2014, including financial arrangements

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Agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums

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Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums, as prepared and delivered to the secretariat after the meeting

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Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 7: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums, in relation to forestry agreement

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Agenda item 8(a): Future strategic plan

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(a): Future strategic plan 

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Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(a): Future strategic plan - updated on 25 July 2013

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Statement by the European ECO-Forum on the agenda item 8(a): Future strategic plan

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Agenda item 8(b)(i): Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(b)(i): Evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention

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Agenda item 8(b)(ii): Future work programme

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(b)(ii): Future work programme

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Agenda item 8(c)(i): Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions 

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(c)(i): Assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions 

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Agenda item 8(c)(ii): Future financial arrangements uner the Convention 

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(c)(ii): Future financial arrangements uner the Convention 

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Agenda item 8(d) and (e): Agenda and hosting of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties 

Statement by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the agenda item 8(d) and (e): Agenda and hosting of the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties 

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Comments to the draft evaluation and draft assessment

Item 8 (b) (i)

Comments by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the in-depth evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/8)

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Item 8 (c) (i)

Comments by the EU and its Member States and Croatia on the draft assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2013/9)

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Documents:

Provisional detailed agenda

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"3 minute survey" on measures at the national level to systematically promote PPIF

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Draft checklist of measures to be borne in mind when developing national action plans on PPIF

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Note by the Chair of the thematic session on public participation in international forums (AC/WGP-16/Inf.5)

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Arrangements for intergovernmental meetings, Note by the Executive Secretary to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC/SBC/2013/4) (refer paras. 29-35)

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Decision 27/2 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (refer pages 25-27 of the Proceedings of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum at its first universal session (UNEP/GC.27/17))

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Presentations:

Session 1:     Follow up from the previous thematic session

Update on the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development:

Ms. Joanna Cornelius, on behalf of European ECO Forum

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Update on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):

UNFCCC secretariat

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Mr. Sébastien Duyck, on behalf of Climate Action Network and European ECO Forum

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Session 2:     The new United Nations Environment Assembly

Mr. Philippe Ramet, Ministère de l'Ecologie, de l'Energie, du Dévelopmment Durable et de l'Aménagement de Territoire, France

Mr. Alexander Juras, United Nations Environment Programme

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Ms. Gita Parihar, on behalf of European ECO Forum

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Session 3:     Policy reviews by international financial institutions

Ms. Elizabeth Smith, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Ms. Adina Relicovschi, European Investment Bank

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Ms. Selina Jackson, World Bank

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Mr. Petr Hlobil, CEE Bankwatch

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Closing session: The way forward

 

 


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