Wednesday, 17 June 2015 12:02

20150616 121712For two days from 15 to 17 June 2015 about 70 representatives from diferent government from countries of the UNECE region as well judges,  representatives from international organisations, European ECO Forum, NGOs and other stakeholders met in Geneva for the 8th meeting of the Task Force on Access to Justice under the Aarhus Convention. This meeting discussed many issues relevant for the implementation of the third pillar of the Aarhus Convention, including scope of judicial review in accordance with the Convention, mitigation costs, adequate and effective remedies, national dialogues to remove barriers to access to justice and sharing jurisprudence and promoting judicial networking. Many interesting prepsentations were heard during this meeting and all of them will be posted on the Convention's website. Several representatives from environmental organisations were among the speakers at the meeting, namely Ana Barreira (IIDMA), Andrew Jackson (An Taisce), Carol Day (Coalition for Access to Justice for the Environment) and others. It was also very interesting to hear further development regarding the acess to justice in Latin American and Caribbean countries and Asian region. 

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quoteThe adoption of the Aarhus Convention was a giant step forward in the development of international law in this field.…Although regional in scope, the significance of the Aarhus Convention is global. It is by far the most impressive elaboration of principle 10 of the Rio Declaration, which stresses the need for citizen's participation in environmental issues and for access to information on the environment held by public authorities. As such it is the most ambitious venture in the area of environmental democracy so far undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations.quote-close

Kofi A. Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)

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