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Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

11 - 13 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) took place in Budva (Becici), Montenegro, from 11 to 13 September 2017, at the kind invitation of the Government of Montenegro.

The event provided a platform for Parties, Signatories, other interested States, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting a wide range of topics, including access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters. At the session, the Parties agreed on a number of decisions to guide their implementation in the next intersessional period and discussed global promotion of the Convention.

The sixth session was held back to back with the third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) (15 September 2017).

The two sessions featured a joint High-level Segment on 14 September 2017 where delegations focussed on the role of the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the same meeting venue, the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention were carried out in parallel with:

Fortieth meeting of the Convention Bureau (10 September 2017)
Fifty-eighth meeting of the Convention Compliance Committee (10-13 September 2017)  

Please click here for more information on the other meetings.

 

Meeting documents

All documents are available below. This includes documents and decisions adopted by the Meeting of the Parties, background documents prepared in advance of the meeting, relevant intersessional documents and statements made during the meeting.

Please note below categories of documents:

1. In-session documents

2. Documents prepared in advance for the session:

  • Category I (official documents for possible action)
  • Category II (official background documents, for instance on implementation and compliance and national implementation reports)

3. Intersessional documents of relevance to the agenda (also Category II)

4. Documents distribution policy

5. Statements

The Budva Declaration on Environmental Democracy for Our Sustainable Future, ENG FRE RUS (ECE/MP.PP/2017/16/Add. 1-ECE/MP.PRTR/2017/2/Add.1) along with all other relevant statements and documents can be accessed at the page of the Joint High-level Segment under the Meetings of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs (Budva, Montenegro, 14 September 2017). 

 

 

Election of Bureau members

Election of Bureau members

The Meeting of the Parties elected the following members of its Bureau:

   
Chairperson Ms. Maia Bitadze (Georgia) 

Vice-Chairpersons

 

Ms. Beate Berglund Ekeberg (Norway)

Ms. Nicolette Bouman (Netherlands)

Members

 

 

 

Ms. Angelika Wiedner (European Union)

Ms. Chiara Landini (Italy) 

Ms. Maryna Shymkus (Ukraine)

Ms. Malaj Enkelejda (Albania)

In accordance with rule 22, paragraphs 2 and 4 of the rules of procedure, non-governmental organizations appointed Mr. Jeremy Wates (European ECO Forum and European Environmental Bureau) as the representative of NGOs to attend meetings of the Bureau as observer. 

Election of Compliance Committee members

Election of Compliance Committee members

In accordance with the procedure set out in decision I/7 on the review of compliance (ENGFRERUS), in conjunction with decision I/1 on Rules of Procedure (ENGFRERUS), the Meeting of the Parties re-elected by consensus the following members of the Compliance Committee: Ms. Heghine HAKHVERDYAN (Armenia); and Mr. Jerzy JENDROSKA (Poland); and elected by consensus the following members of the Compliance Committee: Ms. Fruzsina BÖGÖS (Hungary); Mr. Marc CLÉMENT (France); Mr. Peter OLIVER (United Kingdom); Mr. Dmytro SKRYLNIKOV (Ukraine) as new members of the Compliance Committee.

For more detailed information about the process to elect the members of the Compliance Committee please consult the note on the membership of the Compliance Committee for the twentieth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties (Geneva, 15-17 June 2016) (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/9, ENGFRERUS).

The Meeting of the Parties elects the members of the Committee by consensus, or failing consensus, by secret ballot. The Committee elects its own Chair and Vice-Chair at the next Committee’s meeting after the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties.

Post-session docs

Post-session documents

Document title ENG FRE RUS
Report of the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties, (ECE/MP.PP/2017/2) PDF PDF PDF
Decisions adopted by the Meeting of the Parties, (ECE/MP.PP/2017/2/Add.1) PDF PDF PDF

In-session documents

In-session unedited documents are subject to revision and adoption. The following documents have been adopted by the Meeting of the Parties at its sixth session.

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List of key outcomes and decisions of MOP-6, ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.9 PDF
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Decision VI/1 on promoting effective access to information, ECE/MP.PP/2017/8 PDF
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Decision VI/2 on promoting effective public participation in decision-making, ECE/MP.PP/2017/9 PDF
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Decision VI/3 on promoting effective access to justice, ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.1 PDF
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Decision VI/4 on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums, ECE/MP.PP/2017/11 PDF
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Decision VI/5 on the work programme for 2018-2021, ECE/MP.PP/2017/12 PDF
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Decision VI/6 on financial arrangements under the Convention ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.8 PDF
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Decision VI/7 on reporting requirements, ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.2 PDF
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Decision VI/8 on general issues of compliance, ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.7 PDF
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Decision VI/8a concerning compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/20 PDF
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Decision VI/8b concerning compliance by Austria with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/21 PDF
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Decision VI/8c concerning compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/22 PDF
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Decision VI/8d concerning compliance by Bulgaria with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/23 PDF
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Decision VI/8e concerning compliance by Czechia with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/24 PDF
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Decision VI/8g concerning compliance by Kazakhstan with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/26 PDF
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Decision VI/8h concerning compliance by Romania with its obligations under the Convention,  ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.4 PDF
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Decision VI/8i concerning compliance by Slovakia with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.5 PDF
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Decision VI/8j concerning compliance by Spain with its obligations under the Convention,  ECE/MP.PP/2017/29 PDF
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Decision VI/8k concerning compliance by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with its obligations under the Convention,  ECE/MP.PP/2017/CRP.6 PDF
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Intersessional Documents of Relevance to the Agenda (Category II)

These documents are reports and related documents produced during the intersessional period (2015-2017), prepared by the secretariat or subsidiary bodies of the Convention. These documents have been translated and published where feasible by UNOG Conference Services in conjunction with the meetings for which they were produced.

Document title ENG FRE RUS
Working Group of the Parties
Report of the twenty first meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2017/2) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the twentieth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/2) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the nineteenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2015/2) PDF PDF PDF
Bureau
For the reports of the Bureau on its 35th to 39th meetings, see the following webpage
Compliance Committee
For the reports of the Compliance Committee on its 45th to 56th meetings, see the following webpage
Membership of the Compliance Committee (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/9) PDF PDF PDF
Meetings of the Task Forces, workshops, round table and capacity-building coordination
Access to Information
Report of the Task Force on Access to Information on its third meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2015/3) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Task Force on Access to Information on its fourth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/3) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Task Force on Access to Information on its fifth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2017/4) PDF PDF PDF
Accompanying document to the summary report on the assessment of the implementation of the recommendations of the Meeting of the Parties on Electronic Information Tools (AC/WGP-21/Inf.2) PDF    
Public Participation in Decision-making
Report of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making on its fifth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2015/4) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making on its sixth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/4) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making on its seventh meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2017/5) PDF PDF PDF
Access to Justice
Report of the Task Force on Access to Justice on its eighth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2016/11) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Task Force on Access to Justice on its ninth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2017/6) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Task Force on Access to Justice on its tenth meeting (ECE/MP.PP/2017/5) PDF PDF PDF
Public Participation in International Forums
For reports of the Thematic session on Public Participation in International Forums see respective section of the reports on the meetings of the Working Group of the Parties above      
GMOs
Report of the second joint round table on public awareness, access to information and public participation regarding living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms (ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2017/8) PDF PDF PDF
Capacity-building coordination
Report on the ninth Aarhus Convention capacity-building coordination meeting (AC/WGP-19/Inf.1) PDF    
Report on the tenth Aarhus Convention capacity-building coordination meeting (AC/MoP-6/Inf.3) PDF    

Background reports and documents (Category II)

Background reports and documents (Category II) ENG FRE RUS
Information note on documents for the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties PDF    
Item 7 (a) Reporting Mechanism      
Synthesis report on the status of implementation of the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/6) PDF PDF PDF
Item 7 (b) Compliance Mechanism      
Report of the Compliance Committee on procedural matters (ECE/MP.PP/2017/31) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Compliance Committee on general issues of compliance (ECE/MP.PP/2017/32) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/33) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Austria with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/34) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/35) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Bulgaria with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/36) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Croatia with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/37) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Czechia with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/38) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by European Union with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/39) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Germany with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/40) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Kazakhstan with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/41) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Romania with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/42) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Spain with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/43) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Turkmenistan with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/44) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/45) PDF PDF PDF
Compliance by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with its obligations under the Convention (ECE/MP.PP/2017/46) PDF PDF PDF
Information note by the Chair of the Compliance Committee for Item 7 (b) of the provisional agenda: compliance mechanism (AC/MOP-6/Inf.5) PDF    
       
Item 7 (c) Capacity-building      
Report on capacity-building (ECE/MP.PP/2017/7) PDF PDF PDF
Accompanying document to the Report on capacity-building activities (ECE/MP.PP/2017/7) - AC/MOP-6/Inf.2 PDF    
Item 8 (a) Accession to the Convention by States from outside the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe region      
Preliminary assessment of the institutional, policy and legal framework of Guinea-Bissau, (ECE/MP.PP/2017/47) PDF PDF PDF
Item 9 (a) Implementation of the Work Programme for 2015-2017      
Report on the implementation of the work programme for 2015–2017 (ECE/MP.PP/2017/3) PDF PDF PDF
Report on contributions and expenditures in relation to the implementation of the Convention’s work programme for 2015–2017 (ECE/MP.PP/2017/4) PDF PDF PDF
List of contributions and pledges for the implementation of the Convention's and Protocol's work programmes
which are not included in the reports prepared for the Meeting of the Parties (AC/MOP-6/Inf.4-PRTR/MOPP-3/Inf.2)
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Statements and Comments

Statements delivered by Parties and stakeholders at the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties are uploaded in the table below, as being made available to the secretariat.

 


 

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3: Finalization of documents      
Statement by Ökobüro concerning compliance by Austria PDF    
Statement by Ökobüro concerning compliance by Slovakia PDF    
Statement by Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente concerning compliance by Spain PDF    
Statement by Ökobüro concerning compliance by United Kingdom PDF    
Statement by EPAW concerning general issues of compliance PDF    
6 (a): Access to information, including electronic information tools       
Report by Mr. Alexandru Bostan, Chair of the Task Force on Access to Information (written submission) PDF    
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by Norway PDF    
Statement by the European Eco Forum PDF    
6 (b): Public participation in decision-making      
Report by Ms. Loredana Dall’Ora, Chair of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making PDF    
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by Norway PDF    
Statement by Aarhus Centre Sarajevo PDF    
Statement by the European Eco Forum PDF    
Statement by Environmental Pillar, Ireland PDF    
Statement by Friends of the Earth UK PDF    
6 (c): Access to justice      
Report by Mr. Jan Darpö, Chair of the Task Force on Access to Justice PDF    
Keynote statement of the Slovak Supreme Court Judge Mr. Miroslav Gavalec PDF    
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by Norway PDF    
Statement by OSCE Mission to Serbia PDF    
Statement by the European ECO Forum / Justice and Environment PDF    
6 (d): Genetically modified organisms      
Report of the Chair of the second joint round table on public awareness, access to information and public participation regarding LMOs/GMOs PDF    
Statement by European Union PDF    
Statement by the CBD secretariat  PDF    
Statement by the European ECO Forum PDF    
7 (a): Reporting mechanism      
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by NGO Landvernd PDF    
7 (b): Compliance mechanism      
Report of the Chair of the Compliance Committee PDF    
Statement by the European Union concerning general issues of compliance PDF    
Statement by the European Union concerning its compliance PDF    
Statement by Norway concerning compliance by the European Union (1) PDF    
Statement by Norway concerning compliance by the European Union (2) PDF    
Statement by Romania concerning compliance by Ukraine  PDF    
Statement by NGO Ecological Right PDF    
Statement by the European ECO Forum PDF    
Letter by the Chair of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee to the Chair of the Bureau of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention regarding legislative developments concerning Turkmenistan PDF    
Council Decision (EU) 2017/1346 of 17 July 2017
on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, at the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention as regards compliance case ACCC/C/2008/32
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Open statement by the Committee regarding its findings on communication ACCC/C/2008/32 (part II) concerning the European Union PDF    
7 (c): Capacity-building      
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by OSCE Secretariat PDF    
Statement by the Judicial Academy of the Republic of Serbia PDF    
Statement by the European ECO Forum PDF    
8 (a) Accession to the Convention by States from outside the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe region      
Statement by the European ECO Forum PDF    
8 (b): Promotion of the Convention’s principles      
Report of the Chair of the thematic session on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums PDF    
Keynote statement by Mr. Hakan Lucius, European Investment Bank (EIB) PDF    
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by the European ECO Forum PDF    
8 (c): Synergies between the Convention and other relevant multilateral environmental agreements and other partners      
Statement by OSCE Secretariat PDF    
Statement by the European ECO Forum PDF    
8 (d): Global and regional developments on issues related to Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development       
Statement by Mr. Joseluis Samaniego, ECLAC Director of the Sustainable Development Division (video message) PDF    
8 (e): Update on United Nations Environment Programme initiatives on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters      
Statement by UNEP PDF    
9 (a): Implementation of the work programme for 2015–2017      
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by Aarhus Centre Banja Luka PDF    
9 (b): Future work programme      
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by the European ECO Forum PDF    
9 (c): Financial arrangements      
Statement by the European Union PDF    
Statement by Norway PDF    
13: Any other business      
Statement by the European Union PDF    

Action documents (Category I)

These documents are presented for possible action by delegations (for signature, endorsement, approval or adoption). They were generally submitted through and approved by the Working Group of the Parties or the Bureau.

These documents will be translated and reproduced by the Conference Services of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) prior to the meeting.

Document Title ENG FRE RUS
Agenda      
Provisional agenda for the sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties, ECE/MP.PP/2017/1 PDF PDF PDF
Decisions      
Draft decision VI/1 on promoting effective access to information, ECE/MP.PP/2017/8 PDF
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Draft decision VI/2 on promoting effective public participation in decision-making, ECE/MP.PP/2017/9 PDF
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Draft decision VI/3 on promoting effective access to justice, ECE/MP.PP/2017/10 PDF
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Draft decision VI/4 on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums, ECE/MP.PP/2017/11 PDF
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Draft decision VI/5 on the work programme for 2018-2021, ECE/MP.PP/2017/12 PDF
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Draft decision VI/6 on financial arrangements under the Convention ECE/MP.PP/2017/13 PDF
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Draft decision VI/7 on reporting requirements, ECE/MP.PP/2017/14
 
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Draft decision VI/8 on general issues of compliance, ECE/MP.PP/2017/19

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Draft decision VI/8a concerning compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/20

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Draft decision VI/8b concerning compliance by Austria with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/21

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Draft decision VI/8c concerning compliance by Belarus with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/22

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Draft decision VI/8d concerning compliance by Bulgaria with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/23 PDF
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Draft decision VI/8e concerning compliance by Czechia with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/24

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Draft decision VI/8f concerning compliance by the European Union with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/25

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Draft decision VI/8g concerning compliance by Kazakhstan with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/26

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Draft decision VI/8h concerning compliance by Romania with its obligations under the Convention,  ECE/MP.PP/2017/27

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Draft decision VI/8i concerning compliance by Slovakia with its obligations under the Convention, ECE/MP.PP/2017/28

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Draft decision VI/8j concerning compliance by Spain with its obligations under the Convention,  ECE/MP.PP/2017/29

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Draft decision VI/8k concerning compliance by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with its obligations under the Convention,  ECE/MP.PP/2017/30

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