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Ninth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

Ninth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs

24 - 25 November 2022
Salle XXIV, Palais des Nations Geneva, Switzerland

The ninth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs will be held in Geneva on 24 - 25 November 2022. The Working Group is expected to consider a number of subjects, including:

  • Development of the Protocol
  • Progress in implementing the work programme and financial matters
  • Promotion and coordination
  • Compliance and reporting mechanisms
  • Subregional and national activities: needs and challenges for capacity building

Parties, other member States and stakeholders will have an opportunity to share their experiences in implementing pollutant release and transfer registers, in particular, during agenda items on the development of the Protocol and on subregional and national activities.

Agenda for the meeting can be found below. Other documents for the meeting along with information on registration and practical arrangements for the meeting will be made available on this webpage in due course.

Working hours

Thursday, 24 November 2022: 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00

Friday, 25 November 2022: 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-16:00

Lunch breaks: 13:00 - 15:00

Technical arrangements for the meeting

The meeting will be held in an in-person format; interpretation in English, French and Russian will be provided during all sessions. At the same time, there will be opportunity to listen to the meeting’s proceedings online. More information regarding the latter will be provided in due course.

Registration, Visa and Financial Support

All participants attending the meeting are requested to register online in INDICO as soon as possible through the following link: https://indico.un.org/e/PRTR_WGP9  

Please find below links with instructions on:

  1. How to create an Indico account: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeZuft5xQ4U
  2. How to register online for a meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaEj3hShn6U

We recommend using the Google Chrome browser for the online meeting registration. Please ensure that you provide us with your telephone number, postal and email addresses, which can be made publicly available through the list of participants.

To ensure that you receive all important correspondence about the meeting and that the secretariat is able to make all required practical and other arrangements on time, we urge participants to register online as soon as possible, even if you hold a UNOG ground entry pass.

Participants requiring a personal invitation letter for visa purposes should click “yes” on the “visa required” option and register for the meeting as early as possible, taking into account the period required to obtain the visa. Requirements to apply for a visa to Switzerland are available here

The secretariat will be in a position to support limited number of delegates from countries with economies in transition, eligible for financial support, selected speakers and NGOs.  Please indicate your request for financial support in Indico registration form by the deadline.

Representatives of Governments applying for financial support are also requested to upload in INDICO the duly signed financial support request form Kindly note that financial support request would be considered only after submission of duly filled in financial support request form and online registration through the link mentioned above.

NGO and other participants applying for financial support should indicate their request in the INDICO registration form by the deadline.

Deadline for registration with financial support: 20 October 2022

Deadline for registration without financial support: 10 November 2022

 

Participation

Delegates are requested to check COVID-19-related rules regularly and prior to arrival to the meeting venue:

For entering Switzerland:   https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende.html

In Switzerland: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html

For the Palais des Nations: https://www.ungeneva.org/en/covid-19

You can also consult the Travelcheck webpage that allows you to check whether and under what conditions you can enter Switzerland: https://travelcheck.admin.ch/home

Delegates are also requested to check all requirements regarding medical and other relevant insurance prior to the travel. Please be informed that any medical, quarantine or other possible expenses will be borne by your Organisation and/or insurance, as the United Nations do not take any responsibility for possible consequences of the present COVID-19 situation. 

Practical information

Please note that Pass & ID badging services have been relocated. For more information, please consult this webpage

Wireless internet is available in all meeting rooms. Note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UNECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz), and respectively require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit.

In addition, please note that you can drink tap water at the Palais des Nations. As there will be no drinking water served in the meeting room, we encourage delegates to bring reusable bottles or containers for tap water.

For additional practical information, please consult:  https://unece.org/practical-information-delegates

 

Statements

Pursuant to Rule 27 of the Rules of Procedure, and in order to facilitate interpretation and meeting proceedings, delegations willing to take the floor are requested to subscribe to the Speaker’s list by providing the secretariat with the following:

  • the name of the expected speaker;
  • the agenda item(s) under which the speaker is willing to intervene; and
  • the text of the statement(s). Please let the secretariat know if the statement can be made publicly available prior to the meeting. Otherwise, statements will not be made publicly available and will be shared with interpreters only.


Please submit the above information to the secretariat by 17 November 2022 at public.participation[at]un.org, indicating in the subject line “WGP-9 statements”.

There will be opportunity to make ad hoc statements during the meeting, however, please note that due to limited time, priority will be given to those who informed the secretariat about their willingness to speak in advance of the meeting.

 

Key dates to remember:

Registration for delegates requesting financial support: 20 October 2022
Registration for other delegates: 10 November 2022

Submitting statements: 17 November 2022 

For additional information, contact the Aarhus Convention secretariat at public.participation[at]un.org

 

Documents

31440 _ ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2022/1 - Provisional Agenda, advance edited copy _ 369996 _ English _ 773 _ 360317 _ pdf