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First Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

First Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

21 - 23 October 2002
Lucca Italy


Entry into force event

The first meeting of the Parties to the Convention took place on 21–23 October 2002 in the town of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy. The meeting represented the culmination of a four-year preparatory process involving two meetings of Signatories and three meetings of a preparatory Working Group.

The High-level Segment of the Meeting of the Parties

The high-level segment took place on the first day of the meeting and was attended by more than twenty European Ministers and vice-Ministers for the environment, representing Parties as well as Signatories to the Convention. Most of them delivered a general statement addressing inter alia the implementation and application of the Convention in their countries. Written statements are available in the languages in which they were submitted to the secretariat.

The high-level segment of the Meeting culminated in the uanimous adoption of the Lucca Declaration (ENG FRE RUS).

Documents for the Meeting 

The Meeting adopted a number of decisions, which had been prepared by the Working Group. Most of the decisions were adopted without any amendments but changes were made to a few of them. The Meeting also considered some background documents. All these documents as well as agenda and report of the meeting are available below.

ECO Conference

The European ECO Forum organized an International Eco-Conference "Public Participation: The Road From Words To Practice!" on 19-20 October 2002 in Hotel Carignano, in Carignano-Lucca, Italy. The ECO Conference adopted the Carignano-Lucca Declaration and presented it to the Meeting of the Parties.

Documents adopted by the Meeting of the Parties

Document title English Français Русский
Provisional agenda for the first meeting of the Parties (ECE/MP.PP/1) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the first meeting of the Parties (ECE/MP.PP/2) PDF PDF PDF
Guidelines on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice with respect to Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Lucca Declaration PDF PDF PDF
Decisions
Decision I/1: Rules of Procedure PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/2: Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/3: Extraordinary meeting of the Parties PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/4: Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/5: Promoting Effective Access to Justice PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/6: Promoting the Use of Electronic and other Information Tools PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/7: Review of Compliance PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/8: Reporting Requirements PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/9: Designation of Focal Points PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/10: Clearing-House Mechanism and Capacity-Building Service PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/11: Procedures for the Preparation, Adoption and Monitoring of Work Programme PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/12: Work Programme for 2003-2005 PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/13: Financial Arrangements PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/14: Establishment of the Working Group of the Parties PDF PDF PDF
Document title English Français Русский
Provisional agenda for the first meeting of the Parties (ECE/MP.PP/1) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the first meeting of the Parties (ECE/MP.PP/2) PDF PDF PDF
Guidelines on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice with respect to Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Lucca Declaration PDF PDF PDF
Decisions
Decision I/1: Rules of Procedure PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/2: Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/3: Extraordinary meeting of the Parties PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/4: Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/5: Promoting Effective Access to Justice PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/6: Promoting the Use of Electronic and other Information Tools PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/7: Review of Compliance PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/8: Reporting Requirements PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/9: Designation of Focal Points PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/10: Clearing-House Mechanism and Capacity-Building Service PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/11: Procedures for the Preparation, Adoption and Monitoring of Work Programme PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/12: Work Programme for 2003-2005 PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/13: Financial Arrangements PDF PDF PDF
Decision I/14: Establishment of the Working Group of the Parties PDF PDF PDF

Category I

Draft Decisions

Document title English Français Русский
Draft Lucca Declaration PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/1: Rules of Procedure PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/2: Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/3: Extraordinary meeting of the Parties PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/4: Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Draft Guidelines on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice with respect to Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/5: Promoting Effective Access to Justice PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/6: Promoting the Use of Electronic and other Information Tools PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/7: Review of Compliance PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/8: Reporting Requirements PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/9: Designation of Focal Points PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/10: Clearing-House Mechanism and Capacity-Building Service PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/11: Procedures for the Preparation, Adoption and Monitoring of Work Programmes PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/12: Work Programme and Budget for 2003-2005 PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/13: Financial Arrangements PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/14: Establishment of the Working Group of the Parties PDF PDF PDF

Draft Decisions

Document title English Français Русский
Draft Lucca Declaration PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/1: Rules of Procedure PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/2: Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/3: Extraordinary meeting of the Parties PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/4: Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Draft Guidelines on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice with respect to Genetically Modified Organisms PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/5: Promoting Effective Access to Justice PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/6: Promoting the Use of Electronic and other Information Tools PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/7: Review of Compliance PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/8: Reporting Requirements PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/9: Designation of Focal Points PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/10: Clearing-House Mechanism and Capacity-Building Service PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/11: Procedures for the Preparation, Adoption and Monitoring of Work Programmes PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/12: Work Programme and Budget for 2003-2005 PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/13: Financial Arrangements PDF PDF PDF
Draft Decision I/14: Establishment of the Working Group of the Parties PDF PDF PDF

Category II

Background documents

Document title English Français Русский
Ratification Status of the Convention (MP.PP/2002/INF.1) English only PDF    
Relevant Outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (MP.PP/2002/17) PDF PDF PDF
Access to information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in International Forums (MP.PP/2002/18) PDF PDF PDF
Access to information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in International Forums. Addendum: Survey of selected access to information, public participation and access to justice rules and practices in international forums (MP.PP/2002/18/Add.1) English only PDF    
Analysis of the links between the Aarhus Convention and the other UNECE environmental conventions and protocols (MP.PP/2002/19) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the third meeting of the Working Group for the preparation of the first meeting of the Parties (CEP/WG.5/2002/14) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Workshop on Access to Justice (CEP/WG.5/2001/5) PDF PDF PDF
Report on the Workshop on Electronic Information Tools (CEP/WG.5/2001/4) PDF PDF PDF

In the table above, links to documents appear using the following abbreviations and icons:

File formats: PDF = pdf file; Word DOC = MS Word file PPT = Powerpoint file
Languages: ENG – English; FRE – French; RUS – Russian
Documents available for downloading are indicated in blue typeface: ENG FRE RUS.

Background documents

Document title English Français Русский
Ratification Status of the Convention (MP.PP/2002/INF.1) English only PDF    
Relevant Outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (MP.PP/2002/17) PDF PDF PDF
Access to information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in International Forums (MP.PP/2002/18) PDF PDF PDF
Access to information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in International Forums. Addendum: Survey of selected access to information, public participation and access to justice rules and practices in international forums (MP.PP/2002/18/Add.1) English only PDF    
Analysis of the links between the Aarhus Convention and the other UNECE environmental conventions and protocols (MP.PP/2002/19) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the third meeting of the Working Group for the preparation of the first meeting of the Parties (CEP/WG.5/2002/14) PDF PDF PDF
Report of the Workshop on Access to Justice (CEP/WG.5/2001/5) PDF PDF PDF
Report on the Workshop on Electronic Information Tools (CEP/WG.5/2001/4) PDF PDF PDF

In the table above, links to documents appear using the following abbreviations and icons:

File formats: PDF = pdf file; Word DOC = MS Word file PPT = Powerpoint file
Languages: ENG – English; FRE – French; RUS – Russian
Documents available for downloading are indicated in blue typeface: ENG FRE RUS.

Category III

Interventions by Parties, Signatories, other States and organizations

In the table above, links to documents appear using the following abbreviations and icons:

File formats: PDF = pdf file; Word DOC = MS Word file PPT = Powerpoint file
Languages: ENG – English; FRE – French; RUS – Russian
Documents available for downloading are indicated in blue typeface: ENG FRE RUS.

Interventions by Parties, Signatories, other States and organizations

In the table above, links to documents appear using the following abbreviations and icons:

File formats: PDF = pdf file; Word DOC = MS Word file PPT = Powerpoint file
Languages: ENG – English; FRE – French; RUS – Russian
Documents available for downloading are indicated in blue typeface: ENG FRE RUS.