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Third session of Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

Third session of Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

11 - 13 June 2008
Riga Latvia

The third meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention was held in Riga, Latvia, on 11-13 June 2008.

The third meeting provided an opportunity to review the progress achieved in the Convention’s implementation during
the decade since its adoption in 1998 and efforts to build capacity among its Parties and Signatory States. It also adopted a
long-term strategic plan for the Convention.

The high-level segment of the meeting was held on Friday, 13 June 2007, and culminated in the adoption of the Riga Declaration (ENGFRE RUS).  

Documents

Documents adopted by the Meeting of the Parties, including the Riga Declaration, decisions taken by the Parties and the meeting report.

Documents prepared in advance for the Meeting:

  • Category I (official documents for possible action);
  • Category II (including official background documents, national implementation reports and reports on compliance);
  • Category III (other documents relevant to the agenda).

Intersessional documents of relevance to the agenda.

Press releases 10 June 2008 / 13 June 2008

 

    Adopted Documents

    Documents adopted by the Meeting of the Parties, including the Riga Declaration, decisions taken by the Parties and the meeting report
    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
    Annotated agenda for the third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    "Riga Declaration"
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.1
    PDF PDF PDF
    Statement on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/1 on interpretation of article 14 of the Convention [dealing with the entry into force of amendments] ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.3 PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/2 on electronic information tools and the clearinghouse mechanism
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/3 on promoting effective access to justice
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.5
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/4 on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/5 on reporting requirements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.7
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6 on general issues of compliance
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.8
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6a on compliance by Albania with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.9
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6b on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.10
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6c on compliance by Kazakhstan with its obligations under the Convention with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.11
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6d on compliance by Lithuania with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.12
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    Decision III/6e on compliance by Turkmenistan with its obligations under the Convention (Ref. Decision II/5c)
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.13
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6f on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention (Ref. Decision II/5b)
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.14
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/7 on financial arrangements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.15
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/8 on the Strategic Plan 2009-2014
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.16
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/9 on the Work Programme 2009-2011
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.17
    PDF PDF PDF
    Documents adopted by the Meeting of the Parties, including the Riga Declaration, decisions taken by the Parties and the meeting report
    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
    Annotated agenda for the third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    "Riga Declaration"
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.1
    PDF PDF PDF
    Statement on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/1 on interpretation of article 14 of the Convention [dealing with the entry into force of amendments] ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.3 PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/2 on electronic information tools and the clearinghouse mechanism
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/3 on promoting effective access to justice
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.5
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/4 on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/5 on reporting requirements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.7
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6 on general issues of compliance
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.8
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6a on compliance by Albania with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.9
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6b on compliance by Armenia with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.10
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6c on compliance by Kazakhstan with its obligations under the Convention with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.11
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6d on compliance by Lithuania with its obligations under the Convention
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.12
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6e on compliance by Turkmenistan with its obligations under the Convention (Ref. Decision II/5c)
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.13
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/6f on compliance by Ukraine with its obligations under the Convention (Ref. Decision II/5b)
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.14
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/7 on financial arrangements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.15
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/8 on the Strategic Plan 2009-2014
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.16
    PDF PDF PDF
    Decision III/9 on the Work Programme 2009-2011
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/2/Add.17
    PDF PDF PDF

    Action Documents (Category I)

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

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

    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
                                                Agenda
    Annotated provisional agenda for the third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft Declaration and Statement            
    Draft "Riga Declaration"
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.1
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft statement on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.2
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft Decisions
    Draft decision III/1 on entry into force of amendments
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.3
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/2 on electronic information tools and the clearinghouse mechanism
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.4
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/3 on promoting effective access to justice
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.5
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC

    Draft decision III/4 on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.6

    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/5 on reporting requirements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.7
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6 on general issues of compliance
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(b) on compliance by Albania
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.1
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft Decision III/6(b) on compliance by Armenia
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.2
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(c) on compliance by Kazakhstan
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.3
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(d) on compliance by Lithuania
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.4
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(e) on compliance by Turkmenistan
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.5
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(f) on compliance by Ukraine
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.6
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/7 on financial arrangements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.9
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/8 on the long-term strategic plan
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.10
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/9 on the work programme 2009-2011
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.11
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC

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

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

    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
                                                Agenda
    Annotated provisional agenda for the third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft Declaration and Statement            
    Draft "Riga Declaration"
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.1
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft statement on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.2
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft Decisions
    Draft decision III/1 on entry into force of amendments
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.3
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/2 on electronic information tools and the clearinghouse mechanism
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.4
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/3 on promoting effective access to justice
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.5
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC

    Draft decision III/4 on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.6

    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/5 on reporting requirements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.7
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6 on general issues of compliance
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(b) on compliance by Albania
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.1
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft Decision III/6(b) on compliance by Armenia
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.2
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(c) on compliance by Kazakhstan
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.3
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(d) on compliance by Lithuania
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.4
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(e) on compliance by Turkmenistan
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.5
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/6(f) on compliance by Ukraine
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.8/Add.6
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/7 on financial arrangements
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.9
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/8 on the long-term strategic plan
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.10
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    Draft decision III/9 on the work programme 2009-2011
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/L.11
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC
    PDF
    DOC

    Background Documents (Category II)

    These documents are reports on implementation and compliance and other background documents, prepared by the secretariat or subsidiary bodies of the Convention (informational and analytical documents of direct relevance to the agenda that will provide a basis for discussion). These documents were translated where feasible, reproduced and distributed by the Conference Service of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) prior to the meeting.

    Implementation reports appearing in the table below have been edited by the secretariat and submitted to the UNOG for publication.

    The original versions of these national implementation reports (as submitted by the Parties to the secretariat) and any additional versions of the reports provided in the national language or languages, where these were provided in languages other than English, French or Russian, may be accessed from the draft national implementation reports.

    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
    List of Documents and Programme Third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1/Add.1
    List of documents for the third meeting of the Parties
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1/Add.2
    Programme of high-level panel discussions
    PDF PDF PDF
    Status of Implementation and Trends
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/3
    Status of ratification
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/4
    Synthesis report on the status of implementation
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/4/Corr.1
    Synthesis report on the status of implementation: Corrigendum
    PDF PDF PDF
    National Implementation Reports1
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ALB
    Implementation report by Albania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ARM
    Implementation report by Armenia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/AUS
    Implementation report by Austria
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/AZE
    Implementation report by Azerbaijan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/BLR
    Implementation report by Belarus
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/BEL
    Implementation report by Belgium
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/BGR
    Implementation report by Bulgaria
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/HRV
    Implementation report by Croatia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/CYP
    Implementation report by Cyprus
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/CZE
    Implementation report by the Czech Republic
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/DNK
    Implementation report by Denmark
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/EST
    Implementation report by Estonia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/FIN
    Implementation report by Finland
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/FRA
    Implementation report by France
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/GEO
    Implementation report by Georgia
    PDF PDF PDF
    Errata to implementation report by Georgia PDF    
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/DEU
    Implementation report by Germany
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/GRC
    Implementation report by Greece
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/HUN
    Implementation report by Hungary
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ITA
    Implementation report by Italy
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/KAZ
    Implementation report by Kazakhstan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/KGZ
    Implementation report by Kyrgyzstan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/LVA
    Implementation report by Latvia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/LTU
    Implementation report by Lithuania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/LUX
    Implementation report by Luxembourg
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/MLT
    Implementation report by Malta
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/MDA
    Implementation report by Moldova
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/NLD
    Implementation report by Netherlands
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/NOR
    Implementation report by Norway
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/POL
    Implementation report by Poland
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/PRT
    Implementation report by Portugal
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ROU
    Implementation report by Romania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/SVK
    Implementation report by Slovakia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/SVN
    Implementation report by Slovenia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ESP
    Implementation report by Spain
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/SWE
    Implementation report by Sweden
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/TJK
    Implementation report by Tajikistan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/MKD
    Implementation report by The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/TKM
    Implementation report by Turkmenistan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/UKR
    Implementation report by Ukraine
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/GBR
    Implementation report by United Kingdom
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/EC
    Implementation report by European Community
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5
    Report by the Compliance Committee (CC)
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.1
    Compliance with regard to Albania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.2
    Compliance with regard to Armenia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.3
    Compliance with regard to Belgium
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.4
    Compliance with regard to Denmark
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.5
    Compliance with regard to Kazakhstan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.6
    Compliance with regard to Lithuania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.7
    Compliance with regard to Romania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.8
    Compliance with regard to Turkmenistan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.9
    Compliance with regard to Ukraine
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.10
    Compliance with regard to the European Commission
    PDF PDF PDF
    Background Reports
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/6
    Report on Capacity-building
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/7
    Report on Implementation of Work Programme 2006/2008
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/8
    Global and regional developments promoting principle 10
    PDF PDF PDF

    These documents are reports on implementation and compliance and other background documents, prepared by the secretariat or subsidiary bodies of the Convention (informational and analytical documents of direct relevance to the agenda that will provide a basis for discussion). These documents were translated where feasible, reproduced and distributed by the Conference Service of United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) prior to the meeting.

    Implementation reports appearing in the table below have been edited by the secretariat and submitted to the UNOG for publication.

    The original versions of these national implementation reports (as submitted by the Parties to the secretariat) and any additional versions of the reports provided in the national language or languages, where these were provided in languages other than English, French or Russian, may be accessed from the draft national implementation reports.

    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
    List of Documents and Programme Third meeting of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1/Add.1
    List of documents for the third meeting of the Parties
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/1/Add.2
    Programme of high-level panel discussions
    PDF PDF PDF
    Status of Implementation and Trends
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/3
    Status of ratification
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/4
    Synthesis report on the status of implementation
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/4/Corr.1
    Synthesis report on the status of implementation: Corrigendum
    PDF PDF PDF
    National Implementation Reports1
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ALB
    Implementation report by Albania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ARM
    Implementation report by Armenia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/AUS
    Implementation report by Austria
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/AZE
    Implementation report by Azerbaijan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/BLR
    Implementation report by Belarus
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/BEL
    Implementation report by Belgium
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/BGR
    Implementation report by Bulgaria
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/HRV
    Implementation report by Croatia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/CYP
    Implementation report by Cyprus
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/CZE
    Implementation report by the Czech Republic
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/DNK
    Implementation report by Denmark
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/EST
    Implementation report by Estonia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/FIN
    Implementation report by Finland
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/FRA
    Implementation report by France
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/GEO
    Implementation report by Georgia
    PDF PDF PDF
    Errata to implementation report by Georgia PDF    
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/DEU
    Implementation report by Germany
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/GRC
    Implementation report by Greece
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/HUN
    Implementation report by Hungary
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ITA
    Implementation report by Italy
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/KAZ
    Implementation report by Kazakhstan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/KGZ
    Implementation report by Kyrgyzstan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/LVA
    Implementation report by Latvia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/LTU
    Implementation report by Lithuania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/LUX
    Implementation report by Luxembourg
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/MLT
    Implementation report by Malta
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/MDA
    Implementation report by Moldova
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/NLD
    Implementation report by Netherlands
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/NOR
    Implementation report by Norway
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/POL
    Implementation report by Poland
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/PRT
    Implementation report by Portugal
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ROU
    Implementation report by Romania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/SVK
    Implementation report by Slovakia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/SVN
    Implementation report by Slovenia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/ESP
    Implementation report by Spain
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/SWE
    Implementation report by Sweden
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/TJK
    Implementation report by Tajikistan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/MKD
    Implementation report by The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/TKM
    Implementation report by Turkmenistan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/UKR
    Implementation report by Ukraine
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/GBR
    Implementation report by United Kingdom
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/IR/2008/EC
    Implementation report by European Community
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5
    Report by the Compliance Committee (CC)
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.1
    Compliance with regard to Albania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.2
    Compliance with regard to Armenia
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.3
    Compliance with regard to Belgium
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.4
    Compliance with regard to Denmark
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.5
    Compliance with regard to Kazakhstan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.6
    Compliance with regard to Lithuania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.7
    Compliance with regard to Romania
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.8
    Compliance with regard to Turkmenistan
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.9
    Compliance with regard to Ukraine
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.10
    Compliance with regard to the European Commission
    PDF PDF PDF
    Background Reports
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/6
    Report on Capacity-building
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/7
    Report on Implementation of Work Programme 2006/2008
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/2008/8
    Global and regional developments promoting principle 10
    PDF PDF PDF

    Category III

    These documents were related to the agenda of the meeting, submitted directly to the meeting. Category III documents were not assigned any symbol, but were listed on the official website if they had been submitted to the ECE secretariat before 6 June 2008. Neither the secretariat nor the host country were responsible for translating or copying Category III documents.

    For further information on arrangements, please contact:

    Valdimarts Slaukstins
    Host country secretariat
    Ministry of Environment, Latvia
    Tel.:+371 670 26 523
    E-mail:

    Document Title ENG RUS
    Alternative report on implementation of the Convention by Kazakhstan submitted by Ecological Forum Non-governmental organizations of Kazakhstan NGOs PDF  
    Alternative report on implementation of the Convention by Kyrgyzstan submitted by a Kyrgyz NGO "Independent Ecological Expertise   PDF
    Alternative report on implementation of the Convention by Slovakia submitted by 17 Slovak NGOs PDF  
    ANGO Report and Opinion on the Implementation of the Aarhus C 2005 - 2007 Hungary published by Hungarian Network of Eco-counselling Offices PDF  
    Capacity building activities in support of the Aarhus Convention - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) PDF  
    Correspondence from Ukraine in connection with paragraphs 16, 25 and 26 of the report of the Compliance Committee on compliance by Ukraine (ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.9). Both English and Russian versions of the documents are presented here as provided by the Party. PDF
    PDF
    PDF
    PDF
    Response of the Coalition for Access to Justice for the Environment (CAJE) to the National Implementation Report submitted by the United Kingdom PDF  
    Who is paying for the European public good of environmental demcracy? An analysis of financial contributions of Parties and Signatories to the Aarhus Convention to the funding of its Work Program (2003-2007), Institute for European Environmental Policy PDF  
    Voice and Choice: Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy - Based on the findings of the Access Initiative. Executive Summary, World Resources Institute PDF  

    These documents were related to the agenda of the meeting, submitted directly to the meeting. Category III documents were not assigned any symbol, but were listed on the official website if they had been submitted to the ECE secretariat before 6 June 2008. Neither the secretariat nor the host country were responsible for translating or copying Category III documents.

    For further information on arrangements, please contact:

    Valdimarts Slaukstins
    Host country secretariat
    Ministry of Environment, Latvia
    Tel.:+371 670 26 523
    E-mail:

    Document Title ENG RUS
    Alternative report on implementation of the Convention by Kazakhstan submitted by Ecological Forum Non-governmental organizations of Kazakhstan NGOs PDF  
    Alternative report on implementation of the Convention by Kyrgyzstan submitted by a Kyrgyz NGO "Independent Ecological Expertise   PDF
    Alternative report on implementation of the Convention by Slovakia submitted by 17 Slovak NGOs PDF  
    ANGO Report and Opinion on the Implementation of the Aarhus C 2005 - 2007 Hungary published by Hungarian Network of Eco-counselling Offices PDF  
    Capacity building activities in support of the Aarhus Convention - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) PDF  
    Correspondence from Ukraine in connection with paragraphs 16, 25 and 26 of the report of the Compliance Committee on compliance by Ukraine (ECE/MP.PP/2008/5/Add.9). Both English and Russian versions of the documents are presented here as provided by the Party. PDF
    PDF
    PDF
    PDF
    Response of the Coalition for Access to Justice for the Environment (CAJE) to the National Implementation Report submitted by the United Kingdom PDF  
    Who is paying for the European public good of environmental demcracy? An analysis of financial contributions of Parties and Signatories to the Aarhus Convention to the funding of its Work Program (2003-2007), Institute for European Environmental Policy PDF  
    Voice and Choice: Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy - Based on the findings of the Access Initiative. Executive Summary, World Resources Institute PDF  

    Intersessional Documents

    Intersessional Documents of Relevance to the Agenda (Category II)

    These documents are reports and related documents produced during the intersessional period (2005-2008), prepared by the secretariat or subsidiary bodies of the Convention. These documents have been translated and published by UNOG Conference Services in conjunction with the meetings for which they were produced.

    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
    Third meeting of the Parties Working Group of the Parties
    Report of the ninth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2008/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the eighth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/5
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the seventh meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the sixth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Working Group on PRTRs
    Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on PRTRs
    ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2007/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fifth meeting corrigendum - English only ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2007/4/corr.1 PDF    
    Report of the fourth meeting of the Working Group on PRTRs
    ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2007/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the third meeting of the Working Group on PRTRs
    ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2006/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Reports of the Compliance Committee
    Report of the twentieth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2008/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the nineteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2008/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the eighteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/8
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/8/Corr.1 PDF    
    Report of the seventeenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the sixteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fifthteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fourteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/8
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the thirteeth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the twelfth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the eleventh meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the tenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2005/8
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the ninth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2005/6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Task Force reports
    Report of the second meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.10
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the first meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the sixth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2008/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fifth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3
    PDF PDF PDF
    Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Questionnaire on implementation of decision II/3)
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.1
    PDF PDF PDF
    Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Summary of Responses to the Questionnaire on implementation of decision II/3)
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/5
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the third meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2008/3
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the second meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.1
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.1/Corr.1 PDF    
    Report of the first meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/3
    PDF PDF PDF

    See also Documents prepared for the Meeting of the Parties.

    Intersessional Documents of Relevance to the Agenda (Category II)

    These documents are reports and related documents produced during the intersessional period (2005-2008), prepared by the secretariat or subsidiary bodies of the Convention. These documents have been translated and published by UNOG Conference Services in conjunction with the meetings for which they were produced.

    Document Title ENG FRE RUS
    Third meeting of the Parties Working Group of the Parties
    Report of the ninth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2008/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the eighth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/5
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the seventh meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the sixth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Working Group on PRTRs
    Report of the fifth meeting of the Working Group on PRTRs
    ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2007/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fifth meeting corrigendum - English only ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2007/4/corr.1 PDF    
    Report of the fourth meeting of the Working Group on PRTRs
    ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2007/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the third meeting of the Working Group on PRTRs
    ECE/MP.PP/AC.1/2006/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Reports of the Compliance Committee
    Report of the twentieth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2008/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the nineteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2008/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the eighteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/8
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/8/Corr.1 PDF    
    Report of the seventeenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the sixteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fifthteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2007/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fourteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/8
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the thirteeth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the twelfth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the eleventh meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2006/2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the tenth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2005/8
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the ninth meeting of the Compliance Committee
    ECE/MP.PP/C.1/2005/6
    PDF PDF PDF
    Task Force reports
    Report of the second meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.10
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the first meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the sixth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2008/4
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fifth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3
    PDF PDF PDF
    Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Questionnaire on implementation of decision II/3)
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.1
    PDF PDF PDF
    Addendum to the Report of Task Force on Electronic Information Tools (Summary of Responses to the Questionnaire on implementation of decision II/3)
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.3/Add.2
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Electronic Information Tools
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/5
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the third meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2008/3
    PDF PDF PDF
    Report of the second meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.1
    PDF PDF PDF
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2007/L.1/Corr.1 PDF    
    Report of the first meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums
    ECE/MP.PP/WG.1/2006/3
    PDF PDF PDF

    See also Documents prepared for the Meeting of the Parties.

    Election to the Compliance Committee

    Newly elected members of the Compliance Committee

    The Meeting elected four new Compliance Committee members to replace four members wholse term had expired and one new member, Taking into account decision II/5, through which it was decided to expand the membership of the Committee to nine. Thirteen nominees had been originally proposed.

    Delegations had been encouraged to conduct consultations with a view to reaching a consensus on five candidates in the course of the tenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties.

    The consultation process was completed successfully and the Meeting re-elected Mr. Jonas Ebbesson (Sweden), Ms. Svitlana Kravchenko (Ukraine) and Mr. Gerhard Loibl (Austria) and elected Ms. Ellen Hey (Netherlands) and Mr. Alexander Kodjabashev (Bulgaria) by consensus to serve until the end of the fifth ordinary meeting.

    Background

    At its first meeting, the Parties to the Convention adopted a decision on review of compliance, decision I/7, which established a compliance mechanism for the Convention ( Lucca, October 2002). The basis for the decision was provided by Article 15 of the Convention, which requires the Parties to set up arrangements of a non-confrontational, non-judicial and consultative nature to review compliance with the Convention.

    Decision I/7 establishes a Compliance Committee as the main body for the review of compliance. The primary role of the Committee is to report and make recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties for it to decide upon and take appropriate action.

    Decision I/7 established a Compliance Committee consisting of eight members serving in a personal capacity. These individuals are to be nationals of Parties or Signatories to the Convention who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the fields to which the Convention relates, including persons having legal experience.

    Through decision II/5, adopted at the second meeting of the Parties (Almaty, May 2005), the number of Committee members was increased to nine with effect from the third meeting of the Parties.

    Nomination for election

    Parties, Signatories and non-governmental organizations falling within the scope of article 10, paragraph 5, of the Convention and promoting environmental protection may nominate candidates for election as follows:

    - Nominations shall be sent to the secretariat in at least one of the official languages of the Convention not later than 12 weeks before the opening of the meeting of the Parties during which the election is to take place;

    - Each nomination shall be accompanied by a curriculum vitae (CV) of the candidate not exceeding 600 words and may include supporting material;

    - The secretariat shall distribute the nominations and the CVs, together with any supporting material, in accordance with rule 10 of the Rules of Procedure.

    Election

    The Meeting of the Parties elects the members of the Committee by consensus or, failing consensus, by secret ballot.

    At each ordinary meeting thereafter, the Meeting of the Parties shall elect four or five members, as appropriate, for a full term of office. Outgoing members may be re-elected once for a further full term of office, unless in a given case the Meeting of the Parties decides otherwise. A full term of office commences at the end of an ordinary meeting of the Parties and runs until the second ordinary meeting of the Parties thereafter. The Committee elects its own Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.

    Geographical representation

    The Committee may not include more than one national of the same State. In the election of the Committee, consideration should be given to the geographical distribution of membership and diversity of experience. Rotation

    Impartiality and conscientiousness

    Every member serving on the Committee shall, before taking up his or her duties, make a solemn declaration in a meeting of the Committee that he or she will perform his or her functions impartially and conscientiously.

    For further information on the Compliance Committee, click here.

    Nominations to the Compliance Committee at Third Meeting of the Parties

    The following individuals had been nominated to serve on the Compliance Committee following the third session of the meeting of the Parties:

    Name Nationality
    Mr. Agron Alibali              Albania
    Mr. Jonas Ebbesson              Sweden
    Ms. Ellen Hey                               Netherlands
    Ms. Aida Iskoyan               Armenia
    Mr. Alexander Kodjabashev               Bulgaria
    Ms. Svitlana Kravchenko                Ukraine
    Mr. Gerhard Loibl                 Austria
    Mr. Marc Pallemaerts                Belgium
    Mr. Michel Prieur                 France
    Ms. Valentina Rossi                  Italy
    Mr. Christian Schrader                Germany
    Ms. Deborah Tripley            United Kingdom
    Ms. Pavol Zilincik                 Slovakia
    Newly elected members of the Compliance Committee

    The Meeting elected four new Compliance Committee members to replace four members wholse term had expired and one new member, Taking into account decision II/5, through which it was decided to expand the membership of the Committee to nine. Thirteen nominees had been originally proposed.

    Delegations had been encouraged to conduct consultations with a view to reaching a consensus on five candidates in the course of the tenth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties.

    The consultation process was completed successfully and the Meeting re-elected Mr. Jonas Ebbesson (Sweden), Ms. Svitlana Kravchenko (Ukraine) and Mr. Gerhard Loibl (Austria) and elected Ms. Ellen Hey (Netherlands) and Mr. Alexander Kodjabashev (Bulgaria) by consensus to serve until the end of the fifth ordinary meeting.

    Background

    At its first meeting, the Parties to the Convention adopted a decision on review of compliance, decision I/7, which established a compliance mechanism for the Convention ( Lucca, October 2002). The basis for the decision was provided by Article 15 of the Convention, which requires the Parties to set up arrangements of a non-confrontational, non-judicial and consultative nature to review compliance with the Convention.

    Decision I/7 establishes a Compliance Committee as the main body for the review of compliance. The primary role of the Committee is to report and make recommendations to the Meeting of the Parties for it to decide upon and take appropriate action.

    Decision I/7 established a Compliance Committee consisting of eight members serving in a personal capacity. These individuals are to be nationals of Parties or Signatories to the Convention who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the fields to which the Convention relates, including persons having legal experience.

    Through decision II/5, adopted at the second meeting of the Parties (Almaty, May 2005), the number of Committee members was increased to nine with effect from the third meeting of the Parties.

    Nomination for election

    Parties, Signatories and non-governmental organizations falling within the scope of article 10, paragraph 5, of the Convention and promoting environmental protection may nominate candidates for election as follows:

    - Nominations shall be sent to the secretariat in at least one of the official languages of the Convention not later than 12 weeks before the opening of the meeting of the Parties during which the election is to take place;

    - Each nomination shall be accompanied by a curriculum vitae (CV) of the candidate not exceeding 600 words and may include supporting material;

    - The secretariat shall distribute the nominations and the CVs, together with any supporting material, in accordance with rule 10 of the Rules of Procedure.

    Election

    The Meeting of the Parties elects the members of the Committee by consensus or, failing consensus, by secret ballot.

    At each ordinary meeting thereafter, the Meeting of the Parties shall elect four or five members, as appropriate, for a full term of office. Outgoing members may be re-elected once for a further full term of office, unless in a given case the Meeting of the Parties decides otherwise. A full term of office commences at the end of an ordinary meeting of the Parties and runs until the second ordinary meeting of the Parties thereafter. The Committee elects its own Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson.

    Geographical representation

    The Committee may not include more than one national of the same State. In the election of the Committee, consideration should be given to the geographical distribution of membership and diversity of experience. Rotation

    Impartiality and conscientiousness

    Every member serving on the Committee shall, before taking up his or her duties, make a solemn declaration in a meeting of the Committee that he or she will perform his or her functions impartially and conscientiously.

    For further information on the Compliance Committee, click here.

    Nominations to the Compliance Committee at Third Meeting of the Parties

    The following individuals had been nominated to serve on the Compliance Committee following the third session of the meeting of the Parties:

    Name Nationality
    Mr. Agron Alibali              Albania
    Mr. Jonas Ebbesson              Sweden
    Ms. Ellen Hey                               Netherlands
    Ms. Aida Iskoyan               Armenia
    Mr. Alexander Kodjabashev               Bulgaria
    Ms. Svitlana Kravchenko                Ukraine
    Mr. Gerhard Loibl                 Austria
    Mr. Marc Pallemaerts                Belgium
    Mr. Michel Prieur                 France
    Ms. Valentina Rossi                  Italy
    Mr. Christian Schrader                Germany
    Ms. Deborah Tripley            United Kingdom
    Ms. Pavol Zilincik                 Slovakia

    Key outcomes of the third Meeting of the Parties

    The Riga Declaration: The Meeting adopted the Riga Declaration, which recognizes the accomplishments of the Convention’s first 10 years and the main challenges remaining to its successful implementation. The Declaration recommits the Parties to achieving environmental democracy in the UNECE region and beyond.

    Charting the Convention’s future: The Meeting approved a strategic plan that will set in place the future course of the Convention (decision III/8 ENG). Through the Plan, the Parties reaffirm their commitment to implementation of the Convention among the existing Parties as their first priority while expressing their ambition to expand the geographical scope of the Convention by encouraging other countries, including countries from outside the UNECE region, to accede to it.

    They also commit to the goal of further developing the provisions and principles of the Convention where necessary to ensure that it continues to achieve its objectives.

    Finally, the Plan encourages Parties to share their experiences with the Convention with other forums interested in using them as a basis or a source of inspiration for further strengthening participatory democracy in their respective fields.

    Implementation: The Meeting debated implementation of the Convention, drawing upon a set of thirty-five national reports on implementation, which provided an opportunity to see whether and how the goals of the Convention are applied in practice. The reports, prepared in most instances with input from the public, reveal that the Parties have made significant progress in applying the Convention but also continue to face obstacles to implementation.

    Compliance: The Meeting approved decisions calling on six of the treaty’s forty-one parties – Albania, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Turkmenistan and Ukraine – to take measures to bring their countries into compliance with the Convention (decisions III/6 and III/6/a through f).

    The Meeting’s review of compliance drew upon the findings and recommendations of the Convention’s independent Compliance Committee made in the period 2005–2008. It is the second test of the Convention's compliance mechanism, which is distinctive in that any member of the public having concerns about a Party’s compliance with the Convention may trigger a process of formal review by the Compliance Committee.

    The Meeting issued conditional cautions to both Turkmenistan and Ukraine, both of which had already been found to be in non-compliance at the previous Meeting of the Parties. Unless certain steps are taken by the end of the year, and then verified by the Compliance Committee to have been taken, these cautions will take effect from 1 May 2009.

    Public participation: The Meeting committed to take steps to strengthen the implementation of the public participation provisions of the Convention. This was in response to the findings under the compliance and reporting mechanisms that a number of member States face significant challenges in establishing detailed procedures ensuring meaningful public involvement.

    Ireland offered to lead a future Task Force on Public Participation. For procedural reasons, the Meeting agreed to start with an ad hoc expert group on public participation and upgrade this to the status of a task force as soon as possible and at the latest by the next ordinary meeting of the Parties.

    Continuation of work on the Convention’s access to justice pillar: the Meeting agreed to renew the mandate of the task force on access to justice, having identified this ‘pillar’ of the Convention as the one continuing to pose the greatest challenges (decision III/3 ENG).

    Extension of the work on electronic information tools: The Meeting agreed to renew the mandate of the task force on electronic information tools to promote the use of Information and Communications Technology in support of increasing public participation in environmental decision-making (decision III/2 ENG).

    The Meeting encourages countries “to develop and implement e-government and e-participation applications at all levels, thereby furthering access to government information and services and enabling the public to participate electronically in environmental decision-making.”

    Promotion of the Aarhus principles in other international forums: the Parties reaffirmed their willingness to support the promotion of the Convention's principles in other international environmental decision-making processes and within the framework of international organizations in matters related to the environment (decision III/4 ENG). They agreed to extend the mandate of the task force, with the principal focus being on assisting the Parties to implement article 3, paragraph 7, of the Convention.

    Early entry into force of the PRTR Protocol: the Parties approved a statement (Protocol ENG) calling on Signatories to ratify the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers in order to bring about its entry into force by 2009. In the Riga Declaration, the Parties identified pollutant release and transfer registers as “effective tools contributing to the prevention and reduction of pollution of the environment, promoting corporate accountability and enabling the public to know about immediate sources of pollution in their neighbourhood.”

    Clarification of amendments procedure: The Meeting clarified the conditions for the entry into force of amendments under the Convention in such a way as to accelerate the entry into force of the amendment relating to genetically modified organisms adopted at the previous meeting, and any future amendments (decision III/1 ENG).

    Adoption of the Work Programme 2009 - 2011: The Parties adopted a programme of work to guide activities during the intersessional period up to the fourth meeting of the Parties. Decision III/9 ENG reiterates the priority given to five substantive issues:

    1. the Protocol on PRTRs
    2. Access to justice
    3. Public participation
    4. Application of the principles of the Convention in international forums
      and
    5. Electronic tools and the clearinghouse mechanism.

    Among the new mandates contained in the 2009-2011 Work Programme, it was agreed to launch an expert group on a communication strategy.

    Election of the new Bureau: The Meeting elected the Czech Deputy Minister for the Environment, Mr. Jan Dusik, as the new Chair of the Meeting of the Parties. Ms. Maud Istasse (Belgium) and Ms. Zaneta Mikosa (Latvia) were elected to serve as Vice-chairs of the Meeting of the Parties.

    Fourth Meeting planned: The Parties welcomed the offer of the Government of Moldova to host the fourth Meeting of the Parties in 2011.

    Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Convention: At the invitation of the Government of Latvia, an anniversary concert and reception celebrating the Convention’s accomplishments was held in the historic center of Riga. The honoured guest speaker at this special event was Mr. Willem Kakebeeke of the Netherlands, who chaired the negotiation of the Convention and later served as Chairman of the First Meeting of the Signatories.

    The Riga Declaration: The Meeting adopted the Riga Declaration, which recognizes the accomplishments of the Convention’s first 10 years and the main challenges remaining to its successful implementation. The Declaration recommits the Parties to achieving environmental democracy in the UNECE region and beyond.

    Charting the Convention’s future: The Meeting approved a strategic plan that will set in place the future course of the Convention (decision III/8 ENG). Through the Plan, the Parties reaffirm their commitment to implementation of the Convention among the existing Parties as their first priority while expressing their ambition to expand the geographical scope of the Convention by encouraging other countries, including countries from outside the UNECE region, to accede to it.

    They also commit to the goal of further developing the provisions and principles of the Convention where necessary to ensure that it continues to achieve its objectives.

    Finally, the Plan encourages Parties to share their experiences with the Convention with other forums interested in using them as a basis or a source of inspiration for further strengthening participatory democracy in their respective fields.

    Implementation: The Meeting debated implementation of the Convention, drawing upon a set of thirty-five national reports on implementation, which provided an opportunity to see whether and how the goals of the Convention are applied in practice. The reports, prepared in most instances with input from the public, reveal that the Parties have made significant progress in applying the Convention but also continue to face obstacles to implementation.

    Compliance: The Meeting approved decisions calling on six of the treaty’s forty-one parties – Albania, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Turkmenistan and Ukraine – to take measures to bring their countries into compliance with the Convention (decisions III/6 and III/6/a through f).

    The Meeting’s review of compliance drew upon the findings and recommendations of the Convention’s independent Compliance Committee made in the period 2005–2008. It is the second test of the Convention's compliance mechanism, which is distinctive in that any member of the public having concerns about a Party’s compliance with the Convention may trigger a process of formal review by the Compliance Committee.

    The Meeting issued conditional cautions to both Turkmenistan and Ukraine, both of which had already been found to be in non-compliance at the previous Meeting of the Parties. Unless certain steps are taken by the end of the year, and then verified by the Compliance Committee to have been taken, these cautions will take effect from 1 May 2009.

    Public participation: The Meeting committed to take steps to strengthen the implementation of the public participation provisions of the Convention. This was in response to the findings under the compliance and reporting mechanisms that a number of member States face significant challenges in establishing detailed procedures ensuring meaningful public involvement.

    Ireland offered to lead a future Task Force on Public Participation. For procedural reasons, the Meeting agreed to start with an ad hoc expert group on public participation and upgrade this to the status of a task force as soon as possible and at the latest by the next ordinary meeting of the Parties.

    Continuation of work on the Convention’s access to justice pillar: the Meeting agreed to renew the mandate of the task force on access to justice, having identified this ‘pillar’ of the Convention as the one continuing to pose the greatest challenges (decision III/3 ENG).

    Extension of the work on electronic information tools: The Meeting agreed to renew the mandate of the task force on electronic information tools to promote the use of Information and Communications Technology in support of increasing public participation in environmental decision-making (decision III/2 ENG).

    The Meeting encourages countries “to develop and implement e-government and e-participation applications at all levels, thereby furthering access to government information and services and enabling the public to participate electronically in environmental decision-making.”

    Promotion of the Aarhus principles in other international forums: the Parties reaffirmed their willingness to support the promotion of the Convention's principles in other international environmental decision-making processes and within the framework of international organizations in matters related to the environment (decision III/4 ENG). They agreed to extend the mandate of the task force, with the principal focus being on assisting the Parties to implement article 3, paragraph 7, of the Convention.

    Early entry into force of the PRTR Protocol: the Parties approved a statement (Protocol ENG) calling on Signatories to ratify the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers in order to bring about its entry into force by 2009. In the Riga Declaration, the Parties identified pollutant release and transfer registers as “effective tools contributing to the prevention and reduction of pollution of the environment, promoting corporate accountability and enabling the public to know about immediate sources of pollution in their neighbourhood.”

    Clarification of amendments procedure: The Meeting clarified the conditions for the entry into force of amendments under the Convention in such a way as to accelerate the entry into force of the amendment relating to genetically modified organisms adopted at the previous meeting, and any future amendments (decision III/1 ENG).

    Adoption of the Work Programme 2009 - 2011: The Parties adopted a programme of work to guide activities during the intersessional period up to the fourth meeting of the Parties. Decision III/9 ENG reiterates the priority given to five substantive issues:

    1. the Protocol on PRTRs
    2. Access to justice
    3. Public participation
    4. Application of the principles of the Convention in international forums
      and
    5. Electronic tools and the clearinghouse mechanism.

    Among the new mandates contained in the 2009-2011 Work Programme, it was agreed to launch an expert group on a communication strategy.

    Election of the new Bureau: The Meeting elected the Czech Deputy Minister for the Environment, Mr. Jan Dusik, as the new Chair of the Meeting of the Parties. Ms. Maud Istasse (Belgium) and Ms. Zaneta Mikosa (Latvia) were elected to serve as Vice-chairs of the Meeting of the Parties.

    Fourth Meeting planned: The Parties welcomed the offer of the Government of Moldova to host the fourth Meeting of the Parties in 2011.

    Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Convention: At the invitation of the Government of Latvia, an anniversary concert and reception celebrating the Convention’s accomplishments was held in the historic center of Riga. The honoured guest speaker at this special event was Mr. Willem Kakebeeke of the Netherlands, who chaired the negotiation of the Convention and later served as Chairman of the First Meeting of the Signatories.

    High-level Segment

     

    Welcome by Latvian Minister of Enviornment Mr. Raimonds Vejonis

    High-level Segment Statements

    Welcome address by Mr. Gundars Daudze, Speaker of the Latvian Parliament (Saeima)

    Opening remarks by Mr. Marek Belka, UNECE Executive Secretary

    Opening statement by Slovenia on behalf of the European Union

    I. Celebrating the first 10 years: achievements, lessons learned and future challenges

    Statement by Mr. Arturas Paulauskas, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania

    Statement by Ms. Françoise Nesi, Secretary-General, European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment

    Statement by Mr. Bernard Snoy, Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

    Statement by Mr. Veit Koester, Chairman of the Compliance Committee

    Statement by Mr. John Hontelez, Secretary-General, European Environmental Bureau and European ECO-Forum representative on the Bureau of the Meeting of the Parties

    II. Global and regional initiatives to promote principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

    Message delivered on behalf of Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, United Nations Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights

    Presentation by Mr. Werner Kiene, The World Bank Inspection Panel

    Presentation by Mr. Lalanath de Silva, World Resources Institute on behalf of the Access Initiative

    III. Special session on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

    Opening statement by Mr. Jan Dusik, Deputy Minister for the Environment, the Czech Republic, facilitator of the special session

    Statement by Mr. Simon Papyan, Deputy Minister for the Environment, Armenia

    Statement by Mr. Michel Amand, Chair of the Working Group on PRTRs, Belgium

    IV. Interventions from the floor

    Closing statement by Slovenia

    Statement by Greece

     

    Welcome by Latvian Minister of Enviornment Mr. Raimonds Vejonis

    High-level Segment Statements

    Welcome address by Mr. Gundars Daudze, Speaker of the Latvian Parliament (Saeima)

    Opening remarks by Mr. Marek Belka, UNECE Executive Secretary

    Opening statement by Slovenia on behalf of the European Union

    I. Celebrating the first 10 years: achievements, lessons learned and future challenges

    Statement by Mr. Arturas Paulauskas, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania

    Statement by Ms. Françoise Nesi, Secretary-General, European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment

    Statement by Mr. Bernard Snoy, Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

    Statement by Mr. Veit Koester, Chairman of the Compliance Committee

    Statement by Mr. John Hontelez, Secretary-General, European Environmental Bureau and European ECO-Forum representative on the Bureau of the Meeting of the Parties

    II. Global and regional initiatives to promote principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development

    Message delivered on behalf of Prof. Okechukwu Ibeanu, United Nations Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights

    Presentation by Mr. Werner Kiene, The World Bank Inspection Panel

    Presentation by Mr. Lalanath de Silva, World Resources Institute on behalf of the Access Initiative

    III. Special session on the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

    Opening statement by Mr. Jan Dusik, Deputy Minister for the Environment, the Czech Republic, facilitator of the special session

    Statement by Mr. Simon Papyan, Deputy Minister for the Environment, Armenia

    Statement by Mr. Michel Amand, Chair of the Working Group on PRTRs, Belgium

    IV. Interventions from the floor

    Closing statement by Slovenia

    Statement by Greece