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The fifteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention took place in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle XI) from 3 to 5 September 2012. The Working Group reviewed a number of issues, including the progress in implementing the Convention's work programme for 2012-2014.

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. The session addressed, inter alia, the promotion of the principles of the Convention in the lead up to and at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (20–22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro) and decided on future steps and initiatives to promote the universal application of the Convention’s principles.

Documents

Documents and background information for the meeting can be found in the table below.  

 

 

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Provisional Agenda (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/1)

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Report of the fifteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/2)PDFPDFPDF
List of decisions and major outcomes of the meetingPDF

Report on the Implementation of the Convention’s Work Programmes for 2009–2011 and 2012–2014 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/3)

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Report of the Task Force on Public Participation in decision making on its second meeting
(ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/4)
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Report of the Task Force on Access to Justice on its fifth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/5)PDFPDFPDF

Draft proposal on the preparation of the strategic
plan 2015–2020 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/6)

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Proposal on the preparation of the strategic plan 2015–2020 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/6/CRP.1) (in track changes)PDF
Proposal on the preparation of the strategic plan 2015–2020 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/6/CRP.1) PDF

Draft proposal on preparation of an in-depth evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/7)

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Proposal on preparation of an in-depth evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/7/CRP.2) (in track changes)PDF
Proposal on preparation of an in-depth evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/7/CRP.2)  PDF

Draft proposal on the preparation of an assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/8)

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Proposal on the preparation of an assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/8/CRP.3) (in track changes)PDF
Proposal on the preparation of an assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/8/CRP.3) PDF
Report on the subregional Central Asian meeting (AC/WGP-15/Inf.1)PDF
Report on the seventh Aarhus Convention capacity-building coordination meeting (AC/WGP-15/Inf.2)PDF

Background Documents and Information

These documents are reports and related informal documents submitted to the secretariat for the consideration of the Working Group of the Parties at its 15th meeting (Geneva, 3-5 September 2012). 

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The Green Access ProjectPDF
The Green Access Project (presentation)PPT
Draft outline on the establishment of a regular assessment and reporting process underpinned by a gradual development of a SEISPDFPDF
Comments provided by countries and international organisations on the draft outline on the establishment of a regular assessment and reporting process underpinned by a gradual development of a SEISPDF

Statements 

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Statement by the European Union on the  draft proposal on the preparation of the strategic plan 2015–2020 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/6)PDF
Statement by the European Union on the  draft proposal on preparation of an in-depth evaluation of the current functioning and implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/7) PDF
Statement by the European Union on the  draft proposal on the preparation of an assessment of the current interim scheme of contributions (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2012/8) PDF

 

 

Documents:

Provisional agenda for the thematic session

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Questionnaire for delegatesPDF
Extracts of national implementation reports on article 3, para. 7PDF
Presentations:
Opening session
Letter to delegates at WGP15 from the secretariat of the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 
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Ms. Gita Parihar, on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
Session 1:     Public participation before, at and after Rio+20
Mr. Philippe Ramet, Head of Global Affairs Unit, Ministry of Ecology,
Sustainable development,Transport and Housing, France
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Ms. Gita Parihar, on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
Session 2:     Measures taken at the national level to systematically promote
public participation in international forums
Ms. Vibeke Ursin-Smith, Senior Advisor, Ministry for Environment, NorwayPDF
Ms. Ganna Dudka, Head of PR Division, Ministry for Ecology and Natural Resources, UkrainePDF
Ms. Joanna Cornelius, on behalf of European ECO ForumPDF
Session 3:     Public participation in IFI-funded projects
Ms. Dilek Barlas, Deputy Executive Secretary, World Bank Inspection PanelPDF
Mr. Felismino Alcarpe, Head of Complaints Mechanism, European Investment BankPDF
Ms. Elizabeth Smith, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Environment
and Sustainability Department; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
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Mr. Petr Hlobil, International Affairs Director, CEE BankwatchPDF