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First meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information under the Aarhus Convention

7 - 8 February 2013

Geneva, Switzerland

The first meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information took place in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle VIII) on 7 and 8 February 2013.

At this meeting, the Task Force agreed on possible priorities for future work to facilitate public access to environmental information. Furthermore, delegates shared experiences in the effective use of electronic information tools in the Convention`s implementation and exchanged information on the relevant capacity building initiatives at the regional, subregional and national levels. The recent activities of other international forums relevant to the matter of public access to environmental information were also presented and discussed.
 
The meeting of the Task Force featured an international workshop “Environmental information on products: making public access work” that addressed needs, challenges and good practices regarding accessibility of environmental information on products. The workshop provided a platform for discussion on the way forward in this area and the participants agreed on specific issues to be addressed in the future work of the Task Force.

Documents, statements and presentations

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Provisional agenda for the meeting (AC/TF.AI/Inf.1)

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Report on the first meeting

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Key outcomes of the meeting

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List of participants

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Item 2. Public access to environmental information: key messages from the region

Public Access to Environmental Information: Overview of the Convention Implementation (AC/TF.AI/Inf.2)

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Public Access to Environmental Information: Possible priorities for the work (AC/TF.AI/Inf.3)

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Statement by the United Kingdom

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Item 3. Effective use of electronic information tools in the Convention's implementation: addressing challenges and sharing good practices

Decision II/3 on Electronic Information Tools and the Clearing House Mechanism (ECE/MP.PP/2005/2/Add.4)

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Aarhus Clearinghouse Quick Guidance

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Draft Guidance for National Nodes of the Clearinghouse Mechanism (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/5/Add.1)

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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)

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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)

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Item 6. International Workshop "Environmental information on products: making public access work"

Programme of the workshop

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Meeting presentations

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Item 2. Public access to environmental information: key messages from the region

Ms. Valentina Tapis, Chair of the Task Force on Access to Information

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Ms. Mara Silina, European Environmental Bureau / European ECO-Forum

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Ms. Heghine Hakhverdyan, Yerevan State University

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Item 3. Effective use of electronic information tools in the Convention's implementation: addressing challenges and sharing good practices

Ms. Maryna Yanush, Aarhus Convention Secretariat

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Ms. Nino Gvazava, Aarhus Centre, Georgia

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Ms. Eva Duer, DELC, UNEP

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Mr. Michael S. Jones, Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholv Conventions

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Item 4. Building capacities in providing access to environmental information: regional, subregional and national activities and their coordination

Ms. Elena Santer, Zoi Environment Network

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Item 5. Activities under other international forums dealing with access to environmental information

Mr. Gerard Cunningham, DEWA, UNEP

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Mr. David Stanners, European Environmental Agency

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Mr. Andrey Egorov, ECEH, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization

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Ms. Sophie Schlingemann, IPCC secretariat

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Item 6. International Workshop "Environmental information on products: making public access work"

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Workshop presentations (item 6)

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Session 1: Setting the scene: benefits of, needs for and challenges of improving access to product information

Ms. Nino Gokhelashvili, Ministry of Environment Protection, Georgia

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Mr. Vito Buonsante, ClientEarth

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Ms. Liesbeth Timmermans, European Chemical Industry Council

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Session 2: Sufficiency of environmental information on products: identifying and addressing information needs

Mr. Kevin Munn, Chemicals Branch, DTIE, United Nations Environment Programme

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Chemicals in products project

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Mr. Oleg Pecheniuk, NGO “Independent Ecological Expertise”, Kyrgyzstan, and Ms. Lidia Astanina, “Greenwomen” Analytical Environmental Agency, Kazakhstan

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Ms. Elisabeth Ruffinengo, NGO “Women in Europe for a Common Future”

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Session 3: Smart means of informing the public

Mr. Pavel Misiga, European Commission, European Union

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Ms. Olga Panteleeva, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarus

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Ms. Kristina Saarinen, Environment Institute SYKE, Finland

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Session 4: Accessibility of information on potential environmental risks in new products

Mr. Hirofumi Aizawa, Environment, Health and Safety Division, Environment Directorate, OECD

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Ms. Kristina Saarinen, Environment Institute SYKE, Finland

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Mr. David Azoulay, Center for International Environmental Law

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Ms. Tatiana Santos, European Environmental Bureau

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