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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

Documents

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Provisional agenda for the meeting (AC/TF.AI/Inf.1)PDF
Report on the first meetingPDFPDFPDF
Key outcomes of the meetingPDF
List of participantsPDF
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)PDF
Public Access to Environmental Information: Possible priorities for the work (AC/TF.AI/Inf.3)PDF
Statement by the United KingdomPDF
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)PDFPDFPDF
Aarhus Clearinghouse Quick GuidancePDF
Draft Guidance for National Nodes of the Clearinghouse Mechanism (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/5/Add.1)PDFPDFPDF
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)PDFPDFPDF
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)PDFPDFPDF
Item 6. International Workshop "Environmental information on products: making public access work"
Programme of the workshopPDF

 

 

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 InformationPDF
Ms. Mara Silina, European Environmental Bureau / European ECO-ForumPDF
Ms. Heghine Hakhverdyan, Yerevan State UniversityPDF
Item 3. Effective use of electronic information tools in the Convention's implementation: addressing challenges and sharing good practices
Ms. Maryna Yanush, Aarhus Convention SecretariatPDF
Ms. Nino Gvazava, Aarhus Centre, GeorgiaPDF
Ms. Eva Duer, DELC, UNEPPDF
Mr. Michael S. Jones, Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholv ConventionsPDF
Item 4. Building capacities in providing access to environmental information: regional, subregional and national activities and their coordination
Ms. Elena Santer, Zoi Environment NetworkPPT
Item 5. Activities under other international forums dealing with access to environmental information
Mr. Gerard Cunningham, DEWA, UNEPPDF
Mr. David Stanners, European Environmental AgencyPDF
Mr. Andrey Egorov, ECEH, Regional Office for Europe, World Health Organization PDF
Ms. Sophie Schlingemann, IPCC secretariatPDF
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, GeorgiaPDF
Mr. Vito Buonsante, ClientEarthPDF
Ms. Liesbeth Timmermans, European Chemical Industry CouncilPDF
Session 2: Sufficiency of environmental information on products: identifying and addressing information needs
Mr. Kevin Munn, Chemicals Branch, DTIE, United Nations Environment ProgrammePDF
Chemicals in products projectPDF
Mr. Oleg Pecheniuk, NGO “Independent Ecological Expertise”, Kyrgyzstan, and Ms. Lidia Astanina, “Greenwomen” Analytical Environmental Agency, KazakhstanPDF
Ms. Elisabeth Ruffinengo, NGO “Women in Europe for a Common Future”PDF
Session 3: Smart means of informing the public
Mr. Pavel Misiga, European Commission, European UnionPDF
Ms. Olga Panteleeva, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, BelarusPDF
Ms. Kristina Saarinen, Environment Institute SYKE, FinlandPDF
Session 4: Accessibility of information on potential environmental risks in new products
Mr. Hirofumi Aizawa, Environment, Health and Safety Division, Environment Directorate, OECDPDF
Ms. Kristina Saarinen, Environment Institute SYKE, FinlandPDF
Mr. David Azoulay, Center for International Environmental LawPDF
Ms. Tatiana Santos, European Environmental BureauPDF