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Twenty-fourth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, virtual

1 - 3 July 2020

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

1 - 3 July 2020 (virtual) and 29-30 October 2020 (on site), Geneva, Palais des Nations

Due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic it will not be feasible to hold the twenty-fourth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention in Geneva on 1-3 July 2020 as was planned originally. The meeting will be held instead in two slots:

• Items of informational nature will be considered in a virtual format on 1-3 July 2020 with no decision-making and

• Items requiring decision-making will be considered at in-person sessions on 29-30 October 2020 in Geneva at the Palais des Nations

A new Organisation of Work for the meeting is available below.

Virtual sessions on 1-3 July

During the virtual sessions on 1-3 July the Working Group of the Parties will be expected to consider items that would require only provision of information by the Chairs of subsidiary bodies and of the session on prompting the Convention’s principles in international forums, the secretariat or other organizations.  

No decisions will be taken during the virtual sessions except of adoption of the meeting’s organisation of work and of the agenda for virtual sessions. The sessions will result only in draft outcomes that will be considered at in-person meeting in October. However:

• Parties and stakeholders are requested to submit written comments on documents that are subject to decision-making for the sessions in July as to progress with preparations and discussions at in-person meeting in October. In order to facilitate preparations, please submit the comments and the related statements as soon as possible before 24 June 2020.

• Parties and stakeholders may also submit written statements on items that are not subject to decision-making as to inform participants of any relevant developments. Please submit the statements as soon as possible before 24 June 2020.

Considering different time zones the distribution of timing for virtual sessions will be as follows:

• 1 July: 10.00- 13.00 (Geneva time)
• 2 July: 10.00-13.00 (Geneva time)
• 3 July: 10.00-13.00 (Geneva time)

Technical arrangements for the sessions on 1-3 July

The meeting will be carried out on the WebEx Meeting platform. Upon your registration, you will receive the email providing the connection details for the meeting. If you have not received the connection details, please contact public.participation[at]un.org

Registration for the sessions on 1-3 July

All participants are requested to register online through the following link:
https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=Ziw70R

Deadline for registration: 15 June 2020

We would appreciate it if you could register as early as possible in order to facilitate technical arrangements for the meeting.

We recommend using Internet Explorer browser for the online meeting registration. In case of difficulties you may refer to the user manual or please contact the secretariat (public.participation[at]un.org) directly.

Please ensure while registering online that you provide us with your contacts (e.g. post address, phone number, email address) which can be made publicly available through the list of participants. 

In-person sessions on 29-30 October

The in-person sessions on 29-30 October will focus only on:

• Two thematic sessions on access to justice and on prompting the Convention’s principles in international forums and
• Items that are subject to decision-making, including the future work on access to information, public participation in decision-making, access to justice, promotion of the Convention and its principles etc, based on the Chairs’ notes and outcomes of the sessions held in July (these issues will be considered during the item on future work programme).

Information on registration for sessions to be held on 29-30 October will be sent to you in due course.

Documents

Documents for the meeting are being uploaded on this webpage as soon as they become available.
 

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Organisation of Work (AC/WGP-24/Inf.13)PDFPDFPDF
Provisional Agenda (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/1) PDFPDFPDF
Item 3 (a)
Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice (AC/WGP-24/Inf.3)PDF
Item 3 (b)
Report of the Task Force on Access to Information on its sixth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/3) PDFPDFPDF
Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Access to Information (AC/WGP-24/Inf.1)PDF
Draft updated Recommendations on the electronic information tools (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/14)

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Addendum with supporting explanatory notes (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/14/Add.1) 

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Accompanying document for the draft updated recommendations on the electronic information tools (AC/WGP-24/Inf.12)PDF
Item 3 (c) 
Note by the Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making (AC/WGP-24/Inf.2)PDF
Item 3 (d)
Report on the third Joint Round Table on Public Awareness, Access to Information and Public Participation regarding Living Modified Organisms/Genetically Modified Organisms (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/6)PDFPDFPDF
Item 4 (a)
Membership of the Compliance Committee (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/9)PDFPDFPDF
Item 6
Report on the implementation of the work programme for 2018–2021 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/4) PDFPDFPDF
Report on contributions and expenditures in relation to the implementation of the Convention’s work programme for 2018-2021 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/5) PDFPDFPDF
Note on contributions and pledges received after 1 April 2020 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.14)PDF
Item 7 (a)
Draft elements of the work programme for 2022–2025 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/7) PDF
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Accompanying document for Draft elements of the work programme for 2022–2025 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.11)  PDF
Draft note on a rapid response mechanism to deal with cases related to article 3 (8) of the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/13) PDFPDFPDF
Overview of existing mechanisms under other treaties and organisations that cover or may potentially cover rights of environmental defenders (AC/WGP-24/Inf.7)PDF
Item 7 (b) 
Draft Strategic Plan for 2022–2030 (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/11) PDF
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Self-assessment of Parties regarding implementation of the Draft Strategic Plan for 2022–2030 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.8)PDF
Accompanying document for Draft Strategic Plan for 2022–2030 (AC/WGP-24/Inf.9) PDF
Item 7 (c)
Expression of intention by Guinea-Bissau to accede to the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/12) PDFPDFPDF
Item 7 (d)
Draft elements of possible financial arrangements under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/8) PDF
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Accompanying document for draft elements of possible financial arrangements (AC/WGP-24/Inf.10)PDF
Item 7 (e)  
Draft elements of the provisional agenda of the seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2020/10) PDF
DOC
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Item 8
Note by the Chair of the thematic session on public participation in international forums (AC/WGP-24/Inf.4)PDF

 

 

TitleENGFRERUS
Item 3 (a): Access to Justice
NorwayPDF
Item 3 (b): Access to Information
NorwayPDF
Item 3 (c): Public Participation in decision-making
NorwayPDF
The Consultation InstitutePDF
Journalists for Human RightsPDF
Item 4 (a): Procedures and mechanism
NorwayPDF
Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance CommitteePDF
Item 4 (b): Reporting mechanism
2021 Reporting Cycle - Practical ConsiderationsPDF
PPT
Item 6: Implementation of the work programme for 2018–2021, including financial matters
NorwayPDF
Item 7: Preparations for the seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties
Irish Environmental NetworkPDF
Item 7 (c): Accession by States from outside the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe region
Guinea-BissauPDF
Item 7 (d):Future financial arrangements
NorwayPDF
Item 7 (f)
Hosting of the seventh session of the Meeting of the PartiesPDF
Item 8: Promotion of the principles of the Convention in international forums
The European ECO ForumPDF
The European ECO Forum/Irish Environmental NetworkPDF