The second meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information will take place on 16 and 17 December 2013 in Geneva (Palais des Nations, Salle VIII).
At this meeting, delegates are expected to deliberate on public access to environmental information in the specific sectors: land management and spatial planning, agriculture as well as water supply and waste water treatment. Furthermore, they will have an opportunity to share experiences in the effective use of electronic information tools in the Convention`s implementation and to exchange information on the relevant capacity building initiatives at the regional, subregional and national levels. They will also be informed about the recent activities of other international forums relevant to the matter of access to environmental information.
In addition, the participants will consider the outcomes of the survey to assess implementation of the Recommendations of the Meeting of the Parties on Electronic Information Tools (Decision II/3 ENG, FRE and RUS) that Parties, Signatories and other interested states were kindly invited to complete by 1 November 2013 (see questionnaire below).
Registration, financial support and visa
Governments and organisations are kindly requested to nominate their representatives responsible for or involved in developing and implementing policies and regulations related to public access to environmental information.
Participants are requested to complete the registration form and send it by e-mail (indicating in the subject 2nd meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information) to the secretariat at public.participation[at]unece.org. Participants requiring a personal invitation letter for visa purposes should indicate this clearly in the registration form and submit the registration form as early as possible taking into account the period required to obtain the visa.
Limited funds are available to support experts with relevant expertise from countries with economies in transition, eligible for financial support, and NGOs. Participants requiring such support are requested to complete the financial support form and send it to the secretariat at public.participation[at]unece.org.
Kindly take note of the following registration deadlines:
- for participants applying for financial support - 12 November 2013
- for other participants - 2 December 2013
Kindly note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UNECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz), and respectively require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit.
For additional practical information, please go here.
Participants are invited to submit their expected written statements in electronic form to the secretariat (public.participation[at]unece.org, indicating in the subject line “ 2nd meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information: statement”) prior to the meeting, preferably by Monday, 9 December 2013.
Documents for the meeting will be uploaded as they become available. Please consult this page regularly.
Please note that this is a paper free meeting. No documents will be made available in the meeting room. We kindly urge you to bring with you all documents that you will require for the meeting.
Documents, statements and presentations
Provisional agenda for the meeting (AC/TF.AI-2/Inf.1/Rev.1)
Report on the second meeting
Key outcomes of the meeting
List of participants
Item 3. Effective use of electronic information tools: taking stocks of experiences
Recommendations of the Meeting of the Parties on Electronic Information Tools (Decision II/3)
Questionnaire to assess implementation of the Recommendations of the Meeting of the Parties on Electronic Information Tools (Decision II/3)
Shared Environment Information System
A review of Shared Environment Information System-related developments with an impact on environmental assessment and reporting since the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference
Outline on the establishment of a regular assessment and reporting process underpinned by the gradual development of a Shared Environment Information System
Item 4. The Aarhus Clearinghouse: the role of national nodes in its development
Revised draft Guidance for National Nodes of the Clearinghouse