Tenth meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-making under the Aarhus Convention was held in Geneva on 10-11(am) October 2022. The meeting focussed on the following themes in line with decision VII/2 on promoting effective public participation in decision-making (ENG FRE RUS) adopted by the Meeting of the Parties at its seventh session (18-21 October 2021):
- Issues of a systemic nature, namely: (i) Meaningful and early public participation; (ii) The availability of all relevant documents to the public; (iii) Effective notification and time frames for public participation; and (vi) Ensuring that account is taken of comments from the public in the final decisions, and ensuring the appropriate provision of feedback on how the public’s comments have been taken into account in the decisions.
- COVID-19 and public participation: challenges and opportunities
- Public participation in decision-making on health-related issues linked to air pollution
- Public participation in decision-making on urban development/cities
The agenda and other documents and material for the meeting are available below. For more information please see photos and read a news article about the meeting: Furthering the right to a healthy environment through effective public participation in decision-making