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Capacity building

The first meeting of the Parties to the Convention (Lucca, Italy, 21-23 october 2002) requested the secretariat to continue with its efforts to develop the clearinghouse mechanism and capacity-building service (see Decision I/10  ENG FRE RUS) as a means to adequately address the need for coordinated and systematic assistance to the implementation of the Convention, primarily in countries in transition.
In connection with this mandate a broad capacity-building framework has been set up to streamline and rationalize capacity-building activities and promote synergies. The framework, facilitated by the Convention’s secretariat, involves some of the main international organizations involved in capacity building under the Convention and supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. Also in connection with this mandate the secretariat had provided further information on the capacity building activities in reports to the Meeting of the Parties.
Reports to the Meetings of the Parties and their accompanying documents
Report on capacity-building (ECE/MP.PP/2008/6) at the third session PDF PDF PDF
Report on capacity-building (ECE/MP.PP/2011/8) at the fourth session PDF PDF PDF
Report on capacity-building (ECE/MP.PP/2014/7) at the fifth session and its accompanying document AC/MOP-5/Inf.1 (ENG)







Report on capacity-building (ECE/MP.PP/2017/7) at the sixth session and its accompanying document AC/MOP-6/Inf.2 (ENG)







Report on capacity-building (ECE/MP.PP/2021/7) at the seventh session and its accompanying document AC/MOP-7/Inf.3





Capacity-building resource material

Key Guidance Material for the Aarhus Convention and the Protocol on PRTRs
Aarhus Clearinghouse, including good practices
PRTR Global Portal
Movie about the Aarhus Convention
E-learning Introductory Course: SDG16 and Access Rights, the Aarhus Convention and the Escazu Agreement

Thematic resources

Access to Information and Electronic Information Tools :

Case studies on Electronic Information Tools

Deliverables of the ENI SEIS II East project  (access to information component)

See also UNECE-EEA Workshop on Open Data for the Environment (Geneva, 2 October 2019)

Deliverables of the EU EIS-data project

UNESCO Self-paced Online Course on Access to Information Laws and Policies and their Implementation

Access to Justice :

Analytical Studies

Jurisprudence Database

Material of the network of the judiciary, judicial training institutions and other review bodies in the pan-European region

Public Participation in International Forums:

Case studies


Genetically modified organisms:

Key guidance and other material


Compliance with the Convention:



Rapid response mechanism for the protection of environmental defenders:



Partner Organizations
The partner organizations involved in the framework’s activities over the last year include:

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
European Environment Agency (EEA)
The Access Initiative (TAI)
European ECO Forum
Aarhus Centres

Meetings of Capacity Building Coordination

Twelfth meeting

Eleventh meeting

Tenth meeting

Ninth meeting

Eighth meeting

Seventh meeting

Sixth meeting

Fifth meeting

Fourth meeting

Third meeting

Second meeting

First meeting

Thematic and regional events

International workshop “Advancing public access to environment-related product information: challenges and opportunities” (Geneva, 9 November 2023)

International round-table “Aarhus Convention: Effective Public Participation For Good Governance, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Development” (Tashkent, 1-2 June 2023)

UNECE-EEA Workshop on Open Data for the Environment (Geneva, 2 October 2019)

WGP-22 Capacity-building Networking event (Geneva, 19-21 June 2018)

Subregional Central Asian meeting "Implementing the Aarhus Convention today: Paving the way to a better environment and governance tomorrow, 22-23 May 2012, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Sixth meeting of the Task Force on Public-Participation in International Forums and Workshop, 23-24 February 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

Joint Aarhus Convention/Cartagena Protocol workshop on public awareness, access to information and public participation regarding LMOs/GMOs, 8-9 October 2010, Nagoya, Japan

Workshop on Electronic Information Tools to support the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in South Eastern Europe, 25-26 November 2010, Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Workshop on access to Justice for High-level Judiciary in South-Eastern Europe, 17-18 November 2008, Tirana, Albania

International workshop on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding GMOs, 19-20 May 2008, Cologne, Germany

Workshop on Public Participation in Strategic Decision-making, 3-4 December 2007, Sofia, Bulgaria

International Workshop on Involving the Public in International Forums, 20-21 June 2007, Geneva

Workshop on Access to Justice for High-level Judiciary (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine), 4-5 June 2007, Kiev, Ukraine

National Workshop in Kyrgyzstan (Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan), 9-11 October 2003: programme (ENG), summary of discussions (RUS), workshop outcome (RUS)

Second Central Asia Workshop in Dushanbe (Tajikistan), 4-7 June 2002: (ENG) (RUS)

Second South Caucasus Workshop Tsakhkadzor (Armenia) 15-17 November 2001

First South Caucasus Workshop Tbilisi (Georgia), 11-13 December 2000

First Central Asian Workshop Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), 4-8 May 2000

Workshop on good practices in public participation at the local level Newcastle Upon Tyne (United Kingdom), 6-7 December 1999