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International PRTR Coordinating Group

Origins and Objective of the new International Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) Coordinating Group

The overall objective of the International PRTR Coordinating Group is to improve coordination between international organisations, Governments and other interested parties in their ongoing and planned efforts related to the further development and implementation of PRTR systems. The Coordinating Group serves to promote capacity-building for PRTR systems in developing countries and countries with economies in transition through intergovernmental coordination.

The International PRTR Coordinating Group is a successor body to the Inter-Organisational Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) PRTR Co-ordinating Group, which concluded its activities in June 2005. At the concluding meeting of the IOMC group, the members agreed to establish a new body to continue to foster interagency dialogue and cooperation.

The International PRTR Coordinating Group further recognised that it might also serve as a reporting mechanism for the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), in particular to measure progress on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Action Plan and to analyse trends in national implementation of PRTR systems. Regional SAICM meetings could also provide opportunities for the Coordinating Group to provide information on national developments and promote the exchange of good practice.

The Coordinating Group also promotes synergies between multilateral environmental agreements dealing with pollutants and has contributed information to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the ad hoc open ended working group on mercury.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Spain serve on the Bureau of the International PRTR Coordinating Group. The UNECE Aarhus Convention Secretariat also serves as secretariat.

The terms of reference of the International PRTR Coordinating group are available here

 Meetings of the International PRTR Coordinating Group

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Documents to the twelfth meeting (Paris, France, 15 October 2019)

Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2019)XII/1)PDF
Draft note on Improving leverage of existing Global PRTR portal websitesDOC

Documents to the eleventh meeting (New York, United States of America, 29 June 2017)

Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2017)XI/1)PDF
Report (PRTRCG(2017)XI/2)PDF
List of ParticipantsPDF

Documents to the tenth meeting (Paris, France, 5 October 2016)

Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2016)X/1)PDF
Report (PRTRCG(2016)X/2)PDF
List of ParticipantsPDF

Documents to the ninth meeting (Santiago, Chile, 8 October 2014)

Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2014)IX/1)PDF
Report (PRTRCG(2014)IX/2)PDF
List of ParticipantsPDF

Documents to the eight meeting (Geneva, 22 November 2013)

Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2013)VIII/1)PDF
Report (PRTRCG(2013)VIII/2)PDF
List of ParticipantsPDF

Documents to the seventh meeting (Paris, 12 September 2012)

Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2012)VII/1)PDF
Report (PRTRCG(2012)VII/2)PDF
List of ParticipantsPDF

Documents to the sixth meeting (Paris, 6 October 2011)

Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2011)VI/1)PDF
Report of the sixth meeting (PRTRCG(2011)VI/2) PDF
List of participants PDF

Documents to the fifth meeting (Paris, 18 May 2010)

Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2010)V/1) PDF
Report of the fifth meeting (PRTRCG(2010)V/2) PDF
List of Participants PDF

Documents to the special session (Geneva, 22 April 2010)

Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2010)Special/1) PDF
Report of the special session (PRTRCG(2010)Special/2)PDF
List of participants  PDF

Documents to the fourth meeting (Paris, 10 March 2009)

Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2009)IV/1 rev.) PDF
Report of the fourth meeting  PDF
SAICM Global Plan of Action Table A and B (p. 37 ff) (PRTR(2009)IV.3) PDF
Revised Terms of Reference (PRTRCG(2009)IV/4) PDF
List of participants  PDF
Related documents:
Strategic Appoach to International Chemicals Management : SAICM texts and resolutions of the International Conference on Chemicals ManagementPDF

Documents to the third meeting (Paris, 11 March 2008)

Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2008)III/1)PDF
Report of the third meeting (PRTRCG(2009)IV/2) PDF
Reporting obligations under the Aarhus Convention and the development of a reporting mechanism under the Kiev Protocol on PRTRs (PRTRCG(2008)III/3) PDF
Building Capacity for Environmental Monitoring and Reporting by Enterprises and Public Authorities in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and Western Balkan countries: A Concept Proposal (PRTRCG(2008)III/4) PDF
PRTRCG(2008)III/5 (Superceded by III/6 below)
Draft recommendations for revision of the PRTR capacity-building activities matrix for ICCM reporting by IGOs (PRTRCG(2008)III/6)  PDF
Related documents:
Possible indicators for reporting on SAICM implementation by IGOs (prepared by the SAICM Secretariat) PDF
Regional Environment Center PRTR capacity-building activities, 2007-08 PDF

Documents to the second meeting (Copenhagen, 26 February 2007)

Provisional Agenda
Summary report of the second meeting (PRTRCG(2008)III/2)

Terms of Reference
Information paper: Opportunities for technical cooperation and capacity-building. 
List of ParticipantsPDF
Related documents:
Modalities for reporting on SAICM
PRTR capacity-building activities
Revised Guidelines for Strengthening Environmental Monitoring and Reporting by Enterprises
(post-session document)
Practical informationPDF

Documents to the first meeting (Ghent, Belgium, 20 March 2006)

Provisional Agenda

Report of the first meetingPDF
Executive summary report of the first meetingPDF
Draft Terms of Reference (revision 2)
Note on ICCM
List of ParticipantsPDF

PRTR as a Reporting Mechanism for Mercury Releases and Transfers  (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/WG.Prep.1/INF/2)

UNEP Governing Council Decision 25/5 (III) specifically requests that an International Negotiating Committee (INC) be convened with the mandate of developing a global legally binding instrument on mercury. The INC should consider inter alia provisions to reduce atmospheric emissions of mercury, to address compliance, to address mercury containing waste and to increase knowledge through awareness raising and scientific information exchange. The INC should also consider prioritization of the various sources of mercury releases for action, as well as the need to achieve cooperation and coordination with relevant provisions contained in other international agreements and processes.

Specifically looking to a global legally-binding instrument on mercury, PRTRs offer the potential to:

  • Enhance and consolidate national mercury emissions inventories;
  • Provide reliable information on anthropogenic mercury emissions at the facility, state (regional) and national level;
  • Inform on location and quantities (measured and/or estimated) of mercury used and mercury wastes;
  • Identify hot-spots on mercury emissions;
  • Provide information on emissions trends over the years;
  • Facilitate access to updated information on mercury emissions;
  • Facilitate stakeholders involvement through the inherent participation of stakeholders in the PRTR development process;
  • Assist countries to comply with foreseen reporting requirements of the treaty; and
  • Serve as a practical basis from which the effectiveness of voluntary and regulatory actions intended to decrease mercury emissions can be assessed.

Further information on PRTR and mercury may be found in the information document prepared by the International PRTR Coordinating Group for submittal to the Open Ended Working Group on mercury meeting in Bangkok, 19-23 October 2009.  

Aarhus Clearinghouse Resource Directory / PRTRs - English (UNECE)
Kiev Protocol on PRTRs to the Aarhus Convention 

PRTR Learn - English, Russian and Spainish (UNITAR)

Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers - PRTR data centres - English and French(OECD)

PRTR.net - Global portal to Pollutant Release and Transfer information - English, French, Russian, Spanish and German (OECD, UNECE, UNEP, Grid-Arendal)