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Declaration for MOP7_MOPP4

Draft Declaration for the upcoming sessions of the Meetings of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and its Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (planned for October 2021).

In view of preparations for the upcoming sessions of the Meetings of the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and its Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (planned for October 2021), the Chairs, in consultation with the two Bureaux, prepared an initial draft Declaration for comments by Parties and stakeholders (see word and pdf files). 

The draft declaration constitutes a short and focused policy-oriented document, which strives to communicate the key messages regarding the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in promoting sustainable, inclusive and resilient development, and the commitment of the Convention’s and Protocol’s Parties in that regard.

The document was made available to Parties to both treaties and to all interested stakeholders for comments with the deadline to respond by 15 November 2020. National focal points for the Convention and for the Protocol were kindly requested to coordinate their comments on the document and to submit to the secretariat one consolidated input per Party. Please see the comments received: EU and its Member States, Belarus, Norway and EEB.

Thereafter, the document was revised by the Bureaux, taking into consideration the comments received, and submitted to the 8th meeting of the Protocol’s Working Group of the Parties  (16-18 December 2020).

This draft is being made available to Parties and stakeholders for a second commenting round: (see word and pdf files ).

Please send your comments before 15 January 2021 to public.participation@un.org

The draft document will be thereafter revised for its submission to the 25th meeting of the Convention’s Working Group of the Parties. The document will then be revised again by the two Bureaux, in the light of the comments received, and submitted to the Meetings of the Parties for consideration at their joint high-level segment.

 

Last update date: January 4, 2021