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Fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

21 - 22 October 2021, including High-level Segment

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The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) was held in Palais des Nations, Geneva from 21 to 22 October 2021.

It was held back to back with 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) (18-20 October 2021).

The two sessions featured a joint High-level Segment on 21 October 2021 where delegations focussed on the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in furthering sustainable infrastructure and spatial planning.

The event provided a platform for Parties, Signatories, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics relevant to the Protocol on PRTRs.

The sessions resulted in a number of outcomes. Parties to both treaties and a wide range of stakeholders adopted the Geneva Declaration on Environmental Democracy for Sustainable, Inclusive and Resilient Development. The Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs also adopted respective decisions setting out priorities for future work by 2025 to advance the implementation of and compliance with the Protocol. Among them, a decision on the way forward for developing the Protocol was adopted by the treaty’s Meeting of the Parties as to make PRTRs a useful tool for decision-making in various areas, such as public health, resource consumption, urban planning, emissions reduction.

Information on election of the Bureau members can be found here
Information on election of the members of the Protocol on PRTRs Compliance Committees, can be found here
Information on side-events can be found here

 

Documents policy

Documents and other material for the meeting will be uploaded here as soon as they become available.

Please note below categories of documents:

1. Pre-session documents prepared in advance for the session:

  • Category I (official documents for possible action)
  • Category II (official background documents, for instance reports on implementation and compliance and national implementation reports)
  • Category III (other documents relevant to the agenda)

2.Intersessional documents of relevance to the agenda (also Category II)
3. In-session documents (revised during the session).
4. Post-session documents (report of the session and other adopted documents)
5. Statements

In order to minimize the negative environmental impact of the meetings, the following policy regarding distribution of the documents will be applied during the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs (General Segment and the Joint High-Level Segment).

To facilitate the paperless nature of the meetings, participants are requested to ensure the following:

- Each participant should bring a laptop containing basic applications, including Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Reader and updated antivirus software.

- Laptops should be pre-checked for viruses and confirmed as virus-free prior to arrival at the meetings. Virus free laptops are crucial to the success of a paperless meeting.

- Laptops should be configured for a standard wireless (Wi-Fi) connection. If in doubt, please check with your local information technology expert.

- Participants should bring an appropriate adaptor to enable laptops to be connected to power sockets in Switzerland (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).

- When completing the registration form of the meetings, participants should include their proper e-mail address, so that they can receive correspondence relating to the meetings.

- If you would like to bring a publication or other printed material to the attention of the delegates, please bring their “display copy” only. Please contact the secretariat ( aarhus.prtr-mops[at]un.org ) to receive further guidance on their placement.

Documents

(a)    Pre-session documents


Participants should ensure that they have all pre-session documents that they require for the meetings. There will be no distribution of hard copies of the pre-session documents in the meeting rooms.

Kindly note that the Working Group of the Parties at its eighth meeting considered and approved a number of documents for their submission to the fourth session. 

(b)    In-session documents

In-session documents will be revised in track changes at meetings and projected live on screen.

The revised documents will be uploaded to this webpage (tab in-session documents) as soon as they become available.

(c)    Post-session documents

Post-session documents will be uploaded to this webpage (tab post-session documents) as soon as they become available.

Statements and comments

Those delegations that wish to distribute hard copies of their statements are required to provide the UNECE secretariat with a copy prior to their distribution for further guidance.

Final text of statements delivered at the sessions will be uploaded to this web page after the meeting.

 

Action documents (Category I pre-session documents)

15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/5 - Provisional Agenda _ 358842 _ English _ 773 _ 333696 _ pdf
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/5 - Provisional Agenda _ 358842 _ French _ 780 _ 333697 _ pdf
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/5 - Provisional Agenda _ 358842 _ Russian _ 864 _ 333698 _ pdf
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/7 - Item 2: Draft operating procedures to facilitate remote participation and decision-making in the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol due to extraordinary circumstances _ 358843 _ English _ 773 _ 343549 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_7_E.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 62.14 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/7 - Item 2: Draft operating procedures to facilitate remote participation and decision-making in the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol due to extraordinary circumstances _ 358843 _ French _ 780 _ 343550 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_7_F.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 52.03 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/7 - Item 2: Draft operating procedures to facilitate remote participation and decision-making in the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol due to extraordinary circumstances _ 358843 _ Russian _ 864 _ 343551 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_7_R.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 60.93 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/12 - Item 4 (a): Draft decision IV/1 on reporting requirements _ 358844 _ English _ 773 _ 333690 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_12_E.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 61.08 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/12 - Item 4 (a): Draft decision IV/1 on reporting requirements _ 358844 _ French _ 780 _ 333692 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_12_F.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 59.05 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/12 - Item 4 (a): Draft decision IV/1 on reporting requirements _ 358844 _ Russian _ 864 _ 333693 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_12_R.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 65.23 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/14 - Item 5: Draft decision IV/2 on the development of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers _ 358845 _ English _ 773 _ 333677 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_14_E.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 58.96 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/14 - Item 5: Draft decision IV/2 on the development of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers _ 358845 _ French _ 780 _ 333678 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_14_F.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 53.71 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/14 - Item 5: Draft decision IV/2 on the development of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers _ 358845 _ Russian _ 864 _ 333679 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_14_R.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 54.65 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/13 - Item 6 (b): Draft decision IV/3 on the work programme for 2022–2025 for the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers _ 358847 _ English _ 773 _ 333683 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_13_E.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 83.92 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/13 - Item 6 (b): Draft decision IV/3 on the work programme for 2022–2025 for the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers _ 358847 _ French _ 780 _ 333684 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_13_F.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 76.94 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/13 - Item 6 (b): Draft decision IV/3 on the work programme for 2022–2025 for the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers _ 358847 _ Russian _ 864 _ 333685 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_13_R.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 88.63 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/11 - Item 6 (c): Draft decision IV/4 on financial arrangements under the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, advance edited copy _ 358848 _ English _ 773 _ 339010 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_11_E.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 72.53 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/11 - Item 6 (c): Draft decision IV/4 on financial arrangements under the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, advance edited copy _ 358848 _ French _ 780 _ 339012 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_11_F.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 62.21 KB) docx
15416 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/11 - Item 6 (c): Draft decision IV/4 on financial arrangements under the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, advance edited copy _ 358848 _ Russian _ 864 _ 339014 _ pdf ECE_MP.PRTR_2021_11_R.docx (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 67.78 KB) docx

Background reports and documents (Category II pre-session documents)

These documents are reports on implementation and compliance and other background documents, prepared by the secretariat or subsidiary bodies of the Protocol to provide a basis for discussion. These documents will be translated where feasible and reproduced by the Conference Service of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) prior to the meeting.  

The original versions of the national implementation reports (as submitted by the Parties to the secretariat) and any additional versions of the reports provided in the national language or languages, where these were provided in languages other than English, French or Russian, can be accessed from the online reporting tool.  

Document title ENG FRE RUS
 
Information note on documents for the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/Inf.3)  PDF    
Item 3
Report on the third Global Round Table on Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2019/3)  PDF PDF PDF
Item 5
Report on the development of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2019/6 and Add.1)  

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Report on the outcomes of the survey on the experiences in implementing the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2020/4) PDF PDF PDF
Item 4

Synthesis report on the status of implementation of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, (ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/10) 

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Item 6 (a)
Report on the implementation of the work programme of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers for 2018-2021, (ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/8)  PDF PDF PDF
Report on contributions and expenditures in relation to the implementation of the Protocol’s work programme for 2018–2021, advance edited copy (ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/9)  PDF    

Contributions and pledges received, 31 August - 15 October 2021 (AC/MOP-7/Inf.6-PRTR/MOP-4/Inf.4)

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Intersessional documents relevant to the Agenda (Category II pre-session documents)

Document title ENG FRE RUS
Report of the Working Group of the Parties on its eighth meeting ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2020/2  PDF    
Report of the Working Group of the Parties on its seventh meeting ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2019/2 PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Working Group of the Parties on its sixth meeting ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2018/2   PDF PDF PDF
Bureau
For the reports of the Bureau on its 13th to 20th meetings, please see the following webpage       
Compliance Committee 

Membership of the Compliance Committee (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2020/3) 

For the reports of the Compliance Committee on its 6th to 10th meetings, please see the following webpage  

PDF PDF PDF
International PRTR Coordinating Group and Global Round Table

For the reports of the International PRTR Coordinating Group on its 12th to 13th meetings, see the following webpage 

For the material of the third Global Round Table on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, see the following webpage 

     

In-session documents

13509 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/CRP.5 - List of key decisions and outcomes, as adopted _ 361503 _ English _ 773 _ 340145 _ pdf
13509 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/CRP.3 - Decision IV/1 on reporting requirements _ 361506 _ English _ 773 _ 340148 _ pdf
13509 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/CRP.3 - Decision IV/1 on reporting requirements _ 361506 _ French _ 780 _ 340149 _ pdf
13509 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/2021/CRP.3 - Decision IV/1 on reporting requirements _ 361506 _ Russian _ 864 _ 340150 _ pdf

Statements, comments and reports

Document title ENG FRE RUS
Comments and Statements by EU and its Member States
     
On draft Operating Procedures to facilitate remote participation and decision-making in Aarhus MOP-7 and PRTR MOPP-4      PDF    
Statements on agenda items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11

 

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Statement by Kazakhstan
     
On Status of ratification of the Protocol on PRTRs     PDF
Statements by the United Kingdom
     
Statements on agenda items 5, 6 and 11 PDF    
Statement by UNEP/MAP
     
On Promotion and Capacity Building - Coordination mechanisms and synergies PDF    
Statement by UNITAR
     
On Promotion and Capacity Building - Coordination mechanisms and synergies PDF    
Statement by OECD
     
On Coordination mechanisms and synergies and Subregional and national activities PDF    
Statements by European ECO Forum
     
On Implementation of the work programme for 2018–2021 PDF    
On Future work programme 2022-2025 PDF    
On Biosafety information in the aviation sector in the light of the principles of precaution and transparency PDF PDF  
Statement by Participatio Ltd.
     
On Promotion and Capacity Building PDF    

Photos

Photos of the events are available here