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Seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs, their joint High-level Segment and associated meetings

18 - 22 October 2021
Geneva Switzerland

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the fourth session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs), their joint High-level Segment and associated meetings will take place in Palais des Nations, Geneva from 18 to 22 October 2021 in a hybrid format (combining on-site and remote participation).

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Aarhus Convention, the events will provide a platform for Parties, signatories, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting environmental democracy, digital transformation and sustainable development. The two upcoming sessions will feature a Joint High-level Segment where delegations will focus on the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in furthering sustainable infrastructure and spatial planning.

Organisation of work and documents

For detailed information, including on credentials, provisional organisation of work, documents, statements and other material, election of the Compliance Committees members, please visit individual web pages for:

Dates Meetings
18 - 20 October 2021 Seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention 
22 October 2021 Fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs 
21 October 2021 Joint High-level Segment under the Meetings of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs 

The meetings will be held back to back with:
Dates Meetings
18 - 21 October 2021 Seventy-second meeting of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee 
22 October 2021 Eleventh meeting of the Protocol on PRTRs Compliance Committee 
The Convention’s and Protocol’s Bureaux will hold their meetings as required.


Consolidated Timeline

Delegates are invited to consult the consolidated timeline for details of the onsite and remote participation


Participation and Registration

For detailed information on participation and registration, please consult:

For additional practical information for delegates participating in-person, please consult:

Remote participation in the meetings will be organized on the Interprefy and WebEx platforms. For successful connection, please check carefully Interprefy Guide and WebEX Help and make the necessary arrangements.

Key dates to remember:

Submitting nomination to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee: 26 July 2021

Submitting nomination to the Protocol on PRTRs Compliance Committee: 29 July 2021

Registration of NGOs representatives: 20 August  2021

Registration for other delegates: 1 September 2021

Registration of the Convention and Protocol Compliance Committees members: 15 September 2021

Applications for side-events: 20 August 2021

Submitting a scanned copy of credentials: 30 September 2021

Subscribing to the Speaker’s list and submitting statements: 30 September 2021

Side - events

Side-events will take place online from 11 to 15 October 2021.

More information about side-events is available here .

Media and communication resources:  

Join the conversation on #MoP7Aarhus #PRTRMoPP4, #20yrOfAarhus

Follow us on Twitter: @UNECEAarhus

Media participation is subject to the accreditation by the United Nations Office at Geneva and registration through the following link:

Contact the UNECE secretariat: