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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