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Public Participation


The Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs empower people with the rights to access information, participate in decision-making in environmental matters and to seek justice. They are the only legally binding global instruments on environmental democracy. Their powerful twin protections for the environment and human rights can help us respond to many challenges facing our world: from climate change and the loss of biodiversity, air and water pollution to poverty eradication and security. They provide a solid framework for governments to engage the public effectively in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs.

In focus

The UNECE Executive Secretary’s Blog: Environmental democracy in times of COVID-19

2021 reporting cycle for the Aarhus Convention

2021 reporting cycle for the Protocol on PRTRs

The ongoing consultation on the update of the Recommendations on electronic information tools by 30 September 2020. Please click on the following webpage