The first meeting of the Parties to the Convention (Lucca, Italy, 21-23 october 2002) requested the secretariat to continue with its efforts to develop the clearing house mechanism and capacity-building service (see Decision I/10 ENG FRE RUS) as a means to adequately address the need for coordinated and systematic assistance to the implementation of the Convention, primarily in countries in transition.
In connection with this mandate a broad capacity-building framework has been set up to streamline and rationalize capacity-building activities and promote synergies. The framework, facilitated by the Convention’s secretariat, involves some of the main international organizations involved in capacity building under the Convention. Also in connection with this mandate the secretariat had provided further information on the capacity building activities in reports to the Meeting of the Parties. The latest report was submitted to fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (available in ENG FRE and RUS and its accompanying document in ENG).
The partner organizations involved in the framework’s activities over the last year include:
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
European Environmental Agency (EEA)
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
Central Asian Regional Environmental Centre (CAREC)
The Access Initiative (TAI)
European ECO Forum
Meetings of Capacity Building Coordination
Workshop on good practices in public participation at the local level Newcastle Upon Tyne (United Kingdom), 6-7 December 1999
First Central Asian Workshop Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), 4-8 May 2000
First South Caucasus Workshop Tbilisi (Georgia), 11-13 December 2000
Second South Caucasus Workshop Tsakhkadzor (Armenia) 15-17 November 2001
Workshop on Access to Justice for High-level Judiciary (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine), 4-5 June 2007, Kiev, Ukraine
International Workshop on Involving the Public in International Forums, 20-21 June 2007, Geneva
Workshop on Public Participation in Strategic Decision-making, 3-4 December 2007, Sofia, Bulgaria
International workshop on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding GMOs, 19-20 May 2008, Cologne, Germany
Workshop on access to Justice for High-level Judiciary in South-Eastern Europe, 17-18 November 2008, Tirana, Albania
Workshop on Electronic Information Tools to support the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in South Eastern Europe, 25-26 November 2010, Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Six meeting of the Task Force on Public-Participation in International Forums and Workshop, 23-24 February 2011, Geneva, Switzerland.
Subregional Central Asian meeting "Implementing the Aarhus Convention today: Paving the way to a better environment and governance tomorrow, 22-23 May 2012, Almaty, Kazakhstan.