The second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 2 to 4 July 2014, at the kind invitation of the Government of the Netherlands. The meeting venue was the Maastricht Exhibition and Conference Centre. The second session was held back to back with the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to Aarhus Convention (30 June-1 July 2014) and the joint High-level Segment of the two Meetings (2 July 2014).
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.
As the international community embarks on charting the way for an ambitious post 2015 development agenda with new Sustainable Development Goals, the Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs already provide an essential framework for Governments to effectively engage different stakeholders in decision-making, thereby offering solutions to truly sustainable governance.
At the session, the Parties agreed on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period, including future strategic plan and work programme and discussed global promotion of the Protocol.
In the same meeting venue, the second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs was preceded by: