The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the second session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs), their joint High-level Segment and associated preparatory meetings took place in Maastricht at the kind invitation of the Government of the Netherlands. The meeting venue was the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre (MECC).
For more detailed information, including on communication activities, documents, lists of participants, statements and other material, election of the Compliance Committees members, please see below or visit individual web pages for:
List of Participants
Fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention – General Segment (30 June - 1 July 2014)
Second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs – General Segment (3-4 July 2014)
Joint High-level Segment under the Meetings of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs (2 July 2014)
The meetings were preceded by:
The following information section below is common for all meetings:
IISD Guest articles and daily coverage
IISD, our communication partner for official meetings, has published two IISD Guest articles by Mr. Jit Peters and Mr. Michel Amand, respective Chairs of the Meetings of the Parties.
IISD is producing daily web coverage of the meetings in Maastricht and will also be publishing a summary report shortly after the completion of the meetings.
Special edition of the UNECE Weekly
Aarhus Convention and Protocol on PRTRs: Maastricht meetings in the spirit of a people-centred post-2015 development agenda
Read about highlights of the upcoming meetings, short interviews, off the press section and the buzz in the special edition at
Leaflet on Global round table on PRTRs
A leaflet on Global round table on PRTRs with key outcomes of the meeting is available from the following page:
If you were in Maastricht there were additional applications you might find useful:
App for the meeting
The host country launched a new practice and has developed an app with all practical information for the Maastricht meetings. The app was available for download from m.twoppy.com/Aarhus.
Live broadcast of the HLS
The High level segment was broadcasted live. Live broadcast of the HLS was available from the website www.aarhusmaastricht.org. This might be of interest to the Aarhus community not being able to join us in Maastricht.
The thematic session of the HLS comprised of two panels each with a different topic: the first on the issue of the right to information and environmental democracy and the second on the issue of the right to information and social media. The programme of the High-level segment, including its thematic session, is available here.
It was also possible to join the discussions by sending tweets to #AarhusMaastricht; #AarhusConvention; and #PRTRProtocol.