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Joint high-level segment under the Meetings of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs

14 September 2017
Budva Montenegro


The sixth 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 third session of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) and associated preparatory meetings took place on 11-15 September 2017 in Budva at the kind invitation of the Government of Montenegro. The meeting venue was the Hotel Splendid Conference & Spa ResortThe sessions featured a Joint High-level Segment which was held on 14 September 2017.

The Aarhus Convention and its Protocol provide solid frameworks to assist countries in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by implementing commitments on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding a wide range of issues that affect environment and human health.

In this context, the High-level Segment focused on the role of these unique instruments in furthering the environmental democracy throughout the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The thematic session of the High-level Segment had the format of a panel discussion involving ministers, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders’ representatives with strong expertise in the themes discussed and was followed by a general debate.

For documents, statements and other material for the High-level Segment, please see table at the end of this webpage. Documents will be uploaded on this webpage as soon as they become available.

Live broadcast of the High-level segment 

The thematic sessions of the High level segment was broadcasted live from the host country website:

For more detailed information, including communication activities, documents, list of participants, statements and other material, please visit individual web pages for:

Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention – General Segment (11 - 13 September 2017)

Third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs – General Segment (15 September 2017)



Document title ENG FRE RUS
Provisional agenda for the Joint High-level Segment, ECE/MP.PP/2017/15-ECE/MP.PRTR/2017/1 PDF PDF PDF
Provisional Programme of the thematic session of the joint High-level segment(AC/MOP-6/Inf.1-PRTR/MOPP-3/Inf.1) PDF    
Report of the Joint High-level Segment, ECE/MP.PP/2017/16-ECE/MP.PRTR/2017/2 PDF PDF PDF
Budva Declaration on Environmental Democracy for Our Sustainable Future, (ECE/MP.PP/2017/16 Add.1-ECE/MP.PRTR/2017/2 Add.1) PDF PDF PDF
Your Right to Build a Sustainable Future: Aarhus Convention, its Protocol on PRTRs and the Sustainable Development Goals (ECE/MP.PP/2017/18–ECE/MP.PRTR/2017/4) 







In and pre-session docs


Document title ENG FRE RUS
Draft Budva Declaration on Environmental Democracy for Our Sustainable Future, ECE/MP.PP/2017/17-ECE/MP.PRTR/2017/3 PDF





Draft Budva Declaration on Environmental Democracy for Our Sustainable Future, ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.3-ECE/MP.PRTR/2017/CRP.1 PDF


Statements and Panel Presentations


Document title ENG FRE RUS
Welcome remarks by Mr. Ivan Brajović, President of the Parliament of Montenegro PDF    
Welcome remarks by Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe PDF    
Thematic Session on the role of the Convention and its Protocol in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
Presentation by H.E. Mr. Pavle Radulović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro PDF    
Presentation by Mr. Harry Liiv, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Estonia PDF    
Presentation by H.E. Ambassador Vuk Žugić, Co-ordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities, OSCE PDF    
Presentation by Mr. Jeremy Wates, representative of the European ECO-Forum and Secretary General of the European Environmental Bureau PDF    
Presentation by Mr. Per Ängquist, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sweden PDF    
Presentation by Mr. Mykola Kuzio, Deputy Minister for European Integration, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ukraine PDF    
Presentation by Mr. Mihail Dimovski, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe PDF    
Mr. Stanko Zloković, Vice President of the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro PDF    
Statement by Ms. Nino Gokhelashvili, Head of the International Relations Division, Georgia PDF    
Statement by Mr Florian Otto Wild, Head of Legal Division, Switzerland PDF    
Statement by Ms. Eija Lumme, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Finland PDF    
Statement by Ms. Fiona McCluney, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator in Montenegro PDF    
Budva Declaration      
Statement by H.E. Mr. Kęstutis Navickas, Minister of Environment, Lithuania    PDF    
Statement by H.E. Ms. Graţiela-Leocadia Gavrilescu, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Environment, Romania PDF    
Statement by H.E. Mr. Goran Trivan, Minister of Environmental Protection, Serbia PDF    
Statement by H.E. Mr. Antonio Serifo Embalo, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Guinea-Bissau   PDF  
Statement by Mr. Harry Liiv, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Estonia for the European Union and its Member States PDF    
Statement by Mr. Norbert Kurilla, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Slovakia PDF    
Statement by Mr. Nicolas Fairise, Head of the Global Affairs Unit, France   PDF  
Statement by Ms. Haykanush Parsamyan, Legal Advisor, Armenia     PDF
Statement by Ms. Sulhiya Sodiqova, Manager, Dushanbe Aarhus Centre PDF    
Statement by Mr. John H. Knox, Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment (delivered by Mr. Milos Popović, UNDP)  PDF    
Statement by Mr. Robert Diderich, Head of the Environment, Health and Safety Division, OECD PDF    
Statement by European Eco Forum PDF    
Statement by Mr. Vadim Ni, Chairperson, ECO Forum and Crude Accountability PDF   PDF
Review and adoption of decisions of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention      
Statement by Mr. Jeremy Wates, European ECO Forum on the role of the European Union in relation to the finding that it is in non-compliance with the Aarhus Convention


Closing statement by Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe PDF