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Ninth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making under the Aarhus Convention

01 - 02 March 2021
Tempus 2, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

The ninth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-Making will be held on 1-2 March 2021.

Agenda for the meeting along with information on registration and practical arrangements is available below. Other documents and any updates will be uploaded on this webpage in due course.

The meeting aims to provide a platform for discussing the participation of vulnerable and marginalized groups in decision-making and will allow for exchange of practices that facilitate more effective public participation without entailing additional significant resources on the part of public authorities. The thematic focus of the meeting will be on decision-making in the extractive industries sector, on energy and climate; and regarding emerging technologies. The Task Force is expected to identify good practices, challenges and trends in these areas.

The discussion will thereby support countries efforts in the implementation of environmental dimension of Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Sustainable Development Goal 16 and its target 16.7 (responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels) that undergo in-depth review in 2021. 

Organization of work  

The meeting will be held in English, French and Russian. Due to the limited availability of interpretation for remote participation, organization of work will be the following: 

1 March 2021, Monday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 – 4 p.m. 

2 March 2021, Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The delegates who are interested to make a presentation or statement at the meeting are kindly invited to contact the secretariat (public.participation@un.org) as soon as possible by 15 February 2021, briefly outlining the focus of the presentation or statement with relation to the agenda items.  

The provisional list of speakers will be released shortly before the meeting.  

Registration  

All participants are requested to register online through the following link: https://indico.un.org/event/31300/

Deadline for registration: 10 February 2021 

We recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome browser only for the online meeting registration. Please ensure that you provide us with your contacts (e.g. post address, phone number, email address) which can be made publicly available through the list of participants.  

When registering, please select participation type to indicate whether you plan to attend in-person or participate remotely. If you plan to come to Palais des Nations, please provide your mobile phone number through the registration form (see information on participation below). 

To ensure that you receive all important correspondence about the meeting, and we can make the required practical and other arrangements on time, we urge Representatives of Governments and stakeholders to register online as soon as possible, even if you hold UNOG ground entry pass. 

We will communicate to you in due course additional information on technical requirements and on substantive preparations for the meeting.   

Participation  

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format with remote and on-site participation (subject to the below considerations).  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, infection control measures and travel restrictions prevent or limit Parties from physically participating in meetings. For participants from several countries different restrictions and quarantine rules have been introduced, and are changing, please check this website for update: www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html . Regretfully, due to travel restrictions, the secretariat will not be in a position to facilitate visa arrangements or provide financial support for participation. 

If representatives of Governments and stakeholders are not be able to arrive to Geneva at the time of the meeting, they are kindly requested to inform the secretariat (public.participation@un.org) and participate in the meeting remotely. 

Representatives of Governments and stakeholders will be able to speak and listen remotely, provided that they ensure stable internet connection and provision of other required technical means (microphones, earphones etc) on their side. Information on technical arrangements for the meeting will be made available in due course. For technical requirements, please consult the Guide on Interprefy. Link to the meeting will be sent to the registered participants about one week prior to the meeting. If you registered and have not received the link 2 days before the meeting, please ask the secretariat (public.participation@un.org)

There are current restrictions regarding the number of participants allowed on-site for the meeting, which are subject to the measures to be implemented by UNOG at the time of the meeting. Until further notice, only in-person meetings of five participants are allowed at the premises of the United Nations Office at Geneva. It is currently unclear whether this measure will be lifted before 1 March 2021. Therefore, an up-dated information regarding onsite participation will be provided closer to the meeting. 

For all participants attending in person 

Please check all requirements regarding medical and other relevant insurance prior to the travel. Please be informed that any medical, quarantine or other possible expenses will be borne by your Organisation and/or insurance, as the United Nations do not take any responsibility for possible consequences of the present COVID-19 situation. 

Please consult the information on COVID-19 for meeting participants at United Nations Office in Geneva: https://www.ungeneva.org/en/covid-19

For additional enquiries about the meeting, please contact the secretariat at public.participation@un.org (subject line: 9TFPPDM request).

Documents

Document title ENG FRE RUS
Provisional Agenda (AC/TF.PP-9/Inf.1) PDF    
List of speakers PDF    

Selected considerations, findings, and reports of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee relating to participation of vulnerable and marginalized groups in decision-making and effective participation without additional significant resources (AC/TF.PP-9/Inf.4)

 

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Selected excerpts of 2017 National Implementation Reports relating to participation of vulnerable and marginalized groups in decision-making as well as effective participation without additional significant resources (AC/TF.PP-9/Inf.3)

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For all agenda items      
Maastricht Recommendations on Public Participation in Decision-making PDF PDF PDF

Statements and Presentations

Document Title ENG FRE RUS