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Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention, 8th session and Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on SEA, 4th session

08 - 11 December 2020

Post-session documents

POST-SESSION DOCUMENTS ENG FRE RUS
Report of the eighth and the fourth sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention and the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/30–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/13) PDF    
Decisions and the Declaration adopted jointly by the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention and the Protocol
ECE/MP.EIA/30/Add.1-ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/13/Add.1 
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Decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention
ECE/MP.EIA/30/Add.2-ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/13/Add.2 
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Decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol
ECE/MP.EIA/30/Add.3-ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/13/Add.3
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Guidance on the applicability of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants 
(As endorsed and edited. To be issued as a UN publication)
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Pre-session documents

PRE-SESSION DOCUMENTS ENG FRE RUS
Annotated provisional agenda for the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention and the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/29–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/12)  Word

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Draft joint decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention and the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/1–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/1) 
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Report on the budget and financial arrangements 2017–2020
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/2–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/2) 
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Long-term strategy and the action plan for the Convention and the Protocol
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/3–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/3) 
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Report on the activities of the Implementation Committee
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/4–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/4)
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Draft Vilnius declaration
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/5– ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/5) 
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Summary report on the implementation of technical assistance and capacity-building activities in the period June 2017- September 2020
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/6– ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/6) 
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Draft decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/7)
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Draft sixth review of implementation of the Convention
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/8)
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Guidance on the applicability of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/9)
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Guidance on the applicability of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants - Corrigendum (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/9/Corr.1) Word

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Draft decision VIII/4 on the general issues of compliance with the Convention
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/10)
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Draft decision VIII/4a on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention in respect of its national legislation (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/11) Word

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Draft decision VIII/4b on compliance by Azerbaijan with its obligations under the Convention in respect of its national legislation (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/12) Word

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Draft decision VIII/4c on compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/13) Word

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Draft decision VIII/4d on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Danube-Black Sea Deep Water Navigation Canal in the Ukrainian sector of the Danube Delta
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/14)
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Draft decision VIII/4e on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of extension of the lifetime of the Rivne nuclear power plant
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/15)
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Draft decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/7) Word

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Draft third review of implementation of the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/8) Word

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Draft decision on general issues of compliance with the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/9) Word

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Background documents

OTHER MEETING DOCUMENTATION/
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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Report of the Working Group on EIA and SEA on its 9th meeting (24 - 26 August 2020) (ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2/2020/2) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Implementation Committee's 47th meeting (16 - 19 March 2020), Geneva, Switzerland PDF PDF PDF
Informal notes on the Bureau meeting (Geneva, 25-26 February 2020) PDF    
Report of the Implementation Committee's 46th meeting (10 - 13 December 2019), Geneva, Switzerland PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Working Group on EIA and SEA on its 8th meeting (26 - 28 November 2019) (ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2/2019/2) PDF PDF PDF
Informal notes on the Bureau meeting (Geneva, 17-18 June 2019) PDF    
Report of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention and to the Protocol on their intermediary sessions (ECE/MP.EIA/27−ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/11) PDF PDF PDF
Decisions by the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention  (ECE/MP.EIA/27/Add.1−ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/11/Add.1) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Implementation Committee's 45th meeting (10-13 September 2019) (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2019/4) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Implementation Committee’s 44th meeting (12-15 March 2019) (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2019/2) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Implementation Committee’s 43rd meeting (4-7 December 2018) (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/6) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Working Group on EIA and SEA on its 7th meeting (28-30 May 2018) (ECE/MP.EIA/WG.2/2018/2) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Implementation Committee’s 42nd meeting (11-14 September 2018) (ECE/MP.EIA/IC/2018/4) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the seventh and the third sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention and the Protocol (MOP7&MOP/MOP3) (ECE/MP.EIA/23–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/7) PDF PDF PDF
Decisions and the Declaration adopted jointly by the Meetings of the Parties to the Convention and the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/23.Add.1–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/7.Add.1) PDF PDF PDF
Decisions by the MOP to the Convention
(ECE/MP.EIA/23.Add.2–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/7.Add.2)
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Decisions by the MOP to the Protocol
(ECE/MP.EIA/23/Add.3–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/7.Add.3)
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Informal documents

INFORMAL DOCUMENTS ENG
Item 2  Organizational matters
(b) Adoption of the agenda
  Informal notes on the agenda
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.1)
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  Procedural matters of relevance to meetings with remote participation due to extraordinary circumstances Word
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  (d) Status of the Convention and its amendments and the Protocol
  Status of ratification of the Convention, its amendments and its Protocol
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.2)
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Item 3              Outstanding issues
(a)  Draft joint decisions
(i)  Draft decision on financial arrangements for 2021–2023
  Status of contributions to the trust fund
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.3)
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  Information on pledged contributions for the period 2021–2023
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.4)
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  (ii)  Draft decision on the adoption of the workplan
  Workplan implementation status
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.5)
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  (b) Draft decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention
(iii) Draft decision on the applicability of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants
  A letter of the Co-Chairs of the ad hoc working group PDF
  e) Nomination of officers and election criteria
  Informal list of nominations and proposed election criteria
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.6)
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  (f) Tentative calendar of meetings
  Provisional schedule of meetings
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.7)
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Item 6 High-level event to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention
  Information note on the high-level event to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention
(ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.8)
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Comments to documents

COMMENTS RECEIVED TO MEETING DOCUMENTATION        ENG 
Draft joint decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention and the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/1–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/1)  
Comments by Canada (21 November 2020) PDF
Comments by Belarus (7 December 2020) PDF
Comments by Ukraine (7 December 2020) PDF
Long-term strategy and the action plan for the Convention and the Protocol (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/3–ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/3)  
Comments by Belarus (7 December 2020) PDF
Draft Vilnius declaration (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/5– ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2020/5)  
Comments by Belarus (7 December 2020) PDF
Draft decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/7)  
Draft decision VIII/6
Applicability of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants
 
Cover note to comments of Ukraine to Draft decision VIII/6 (18 November 2020) PDF
Comments by Ukraine (18 November 2020) PDF
Draft decision VIII/4d on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Danube-Black Sea Deep Water Navigation Canal in the Ukrainian sector of the Danube Delta (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/14)  
Comments by Ukraine (19 November 2020) PDF
Draft decision VIII/4e on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of extension of the lifetime of the Rivne nuclear power plant (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/15)  
Comments by Ukraine (19 November 2020) PDF
Cover note of Ukraine on noncompliance of its national legislation with the provisions of the Convention (19 November 2020) PDF
Annex I to the cover note of Ukraine on noncompliance (19 November 2020) PDF
Draft workplan for 2021–2023   
Comments by Belarus  see page 11 (9 December 2020, 5.37 pm) Word

Presentations, statements

PRESENTATIONS, STATEMENTS ENG RUS
Opening remarks by Lithuania PDF  
Speaking notes of Mr. Romas Švedas, Chair of the Implementation Committee and Ms. Maria do Carmo Figueira, First Vice-Chair of the Implementation Committee PDF  
HIGH-LEVEL STATEMENTS    
Opening remarks by Lithuania PDF  
Opening statement by the Executive Secretary of UNECE PDF  
Statements by ministers and high-level representatives (item 7)    
Statement by Norway PDF  
Statement by Slovakia PDF  
Statement by Lithuania PDF  
Statement by the European Union PDF  
Statement by Germany (holding the EU Presidency) PDF  
Statement by Armenia PDF  
Statement by Azerbaijan PDF PDF
Statement by Belarus PDF  
Statement by Slovenia PDF  
Statement by Greece PDF  
Statement by Italy PDF  
Statement by Ukraine PDF  
Statement by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe PDF  
Statement by International Atomic Energy Agency PDF  
Statement by the World Health Organization PDF  

Preparatory, practical

PREPARATORY, PRACTICAL                 
Practical and logistical information (host country website) https://am.lrv.lt/lt/nuorodos/espo-saliu-susitikimas-2020 
Guidance for on-line registering via “Indico”                       
Sample credentials (for all delegations) - Pouvoirs - Мандат ENG FRE RUS
       
Online platform “Interprefy”: Guidance, instructions & testing
To avoid/minimize technical problems during the meeting, please familiarize yourself with the Interprefy user guidance ahead of the meeting and test your equipment.
Interprefy user guide for speakers ENG   RUS
Interprefy Connect Pro (Classroom) for speakers ENG    
  • DELEGATES TESTING (“ONBOARDING”) SESSIONS will be held during the week preceding the meeting: 30 November- 4 December.  Timing will be specified shortly. One time slot will be reserved from Russian speakers.
IMPORTANT:
  • Interprefy encourages all delegates to connect to the meeting individually using each their PCs/Macs.
  • Please let the secretariat know asap if the members of your delegation plan to connect jointly from an office network/from one equipped room – as more complex testing of the set ups must be scheduled for each of such locations.
  • Security and Firewall: Everyone connecting from the office networks should make sure with your IT services to have these ports open:  TCP 443 and UDP 3478 (firewall). In addition, please see the list of IPs to be whitelisted. This is to avoid any issues of you being unable to connect.
  • The testing sessions should be conducted exactly with the same equipment, set up and from the same location than the actual meeting.
                          INSTRUCTIONS TO JOIN THE MEETING ONLINE:
1.  You will need a PC/Mac connected to the Internet with a Google Chrome/Edge/Mozilla Firefox browser installed and a HEADSET with a microphone connected to it.
(Mobile phones/i-pads will NOT work. Please do NOT use your computer’s built in microphone)
2. The Internet should be not less than 4-6 mbps up/down (you may check here http://interprefy.speedtestcustom.com /). 3.  Copy the meeting link that the secretariat will send you in your Chrome (or Firefox) browser
4.  Log in by entering first the name of YOUR COUNTRY_followed by your full name and press Submit. (Please do NOT check the “I am the host” box.)
5. When logged in, in the pop-up window, please choose
  • Your preferred interpretation language (English, French or Russian – To hear the floor language select “none”)
  • The audio and video device that you will be using.

High-level 30th anniversary event

High-level event to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention  
Information note on the high-level event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention (ECE/MP.EIA/2020/INF.8) PDF
A. Written statement by Mr. Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations PDF
B. A video on the Convention  
C. Panel discussion  
1. Introductory remarks
The moderator of the panel, H.E. Ms. Krista Mikkonen, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Finland
 
2. The creation of the Convention
 “The father of the Convention”, Mr. Robert Connelly, President of Connelly Environmental Assessment Consulting Inc., Canada
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3. Success stories and good practice examples in implementing and promoting the Convention; visions for the future

  • Mr. Vitalijus Auglys, Head of Pollution Prevention Policy Group, Ministry of Environment, Lithuania
  • Ms. Martine Rohn-Brossard, Deputy Head, International Affairs division, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland


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4. Progress made towards ratification and expectations v-à-v the Convention

  • H.E. Ms. Nino Tandilashvili, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Georgia
  • Mr. Sokhib Yuldoshev, Head of the Center for State Environmental Expertise; State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection, Uzbekistan


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5. Views from the civil society and academia on the main achievements and the way forward

  • Mr. Andriy Andrusevych, Senior Policy Expert, Society and Environment, Ukraine
  • Ms. Mari Koyano, Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan




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AS ADOPTED (unedited)

DOCUMENTS AND DECISIONS AS ADOPTED  
 Joint decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention and the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol  
Decision VIII/1–IV/1 on financial arrangements for 2021–2023 Word
Decision VIII/2–IV/2 on adoption of the workplan Word
Decision VIII/3–IV/3 on long-term strategy and the action plan for the Convention and the Protocol Word
Long-term strategy and the action plan for the Convention and the Protocol

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Decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention  
Decision VIII/4 on the general issues of compliance with the Convention Word
Decision VIII/4a on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention in respect of its national legislation Word
Decision VIII/4b on compliance by Azerbaijan with its obligations under the Convention in respect of its national legislation  Word
Decision VIII/4c on compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets  Word
Decision VIII/4d on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of the Danube-Black Sea Deep Water Navigation Canal in the Ukrainian sector of the Danube Delta Word
Decision VIII/4e on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention in respect of extension of the lifetime of the Rivne nuclear power plant Word
Decision VIII/5 on reporting and review of implementation of the Convention   Word
Decision VIII/6 on applicability of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants  Word
Guidance on the applicability of the Convention to the lifetime extension of nuclear power plants

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Decisions by the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol  
Decision IV/4 on general issues of compliance with the Protocol  Word
Decision IV/5 Reporting and review of implementation of the Protocol Word
Declaration  
Vilnius declaration  Word           

Informal presentation of the main outcomes

Informal presentation of the main outcomes, by secretariat PDF