The seventh meeting of the Task Force on Access to Information took place online from 16 to 17 November 2020.
At its seventh meeting, the Task Force promoted the exchange of information, case studies and good practices and discussed recent and upcoming developments focusing on (a) access to environment-related product information; (b) access to information with respect to genetically modified organisms; and (c) the update of the Recommendations on electronic information tools.
The Task Force also took stock of recent and upcoming developments with regard to the public access to environmental information, including those related to COVID-19 pandemic and to the application of restrictions in disclosure in accordance with the Convention. The Task Force also addressed access to information on monitoring progress towards environment-related Sustainable Development Goals and their targets.
The outcomes of the meeting aimed to support countries’ efforts in the transition towards green and circular economies and zero waste approaches and implementing, monitoring and measuring environment-related Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 3 (Health), SDG 6 (Water), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 11 (Resilient and Sustainable Cities), SDG 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 15 (Life on Land) and target 10 SDG 16 (Ensure Public Access to Information).
For more information, please read a news article about the meeting: “Promoting transparency and digital transformation to support a green and circular economy, biosafety and community resilience”