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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. 

For further information, please check the following link: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=36725

 

DSC07076The decision to establish the Task Force on Access to Information was taken at the Fourth Meeting of Parties to the Aarhus Convention in Chisinau back in June/July 2011. However, it took more than one and a half year before it became operational.  And finally, it took place in Geneva on 7-8 February 2013.  Part of the meeting focussed on possible areas of work and priority issues for the Task Force in coming years. Another part  featured an international workshop “Environmental information on products: making public access work” that addressed needs, challenges and good practices regarding accessibility of environmental information on products. The workshop provided a platform for discussion on the way forward in this area and the participants agreed on specific issues to be addressed in the future work of the Task Force.  Participants of the meeting included governmental officials from a few countries, representatives from the European Commission, different UN agencies, environmental NGOs, business sector and other stakeholders. European ECO Forum and environmental NGO delegations included Mara Silina (also European Environmental Bureau), Lydia Astanina (Greenwomen Analytical Centre/Kazakhstan), Oleg Pecheniuk (NGO Independent Expertise/Kyrgyzstan), Elena Vasilyeva (Volgograd EcoPress/Russia), Emilia Liaska (Hellenic Society for Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage/Greece),  Tatiana Santos (European Environmental Bureau), Vito Buensante(ClientEarth), Elisabeth Ruffinengo (WECF) and Tatsiana Novikava (Ecohome/Belarus). Brief report by NGOs will be available on this website shortly.

116078 wColloquium " Effectiveness ofthe Compliance Mechanism under the Aarhus Convention and addressing issues to Rio+20 and other MEAs" took place on 14 - 15 May 2012 in Vienna. It was organised by the European Environmental Bureau on behalf of the European ECO Forum. Aims of this event were to assess effectiveness of the Compliance mechanism, address its strengths and weaknesses and share experience with other Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and Human Rights. The colloquium was expected to result in proposals for improved effectiveness of the Compliance mechanism, influence and/or exchange views with other MEAs as well as prepare some recommendations to the upcoming Rio+20 meeting and other MEAs. 

Agenda of the colloquium

Presentations:

 

2011-06-29 09.44.55Deep peace of the running wave to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you,
May the road rise to meet you;
May the wind always be at your back;
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rains fall softly upon your fields.
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

[A Celtic Blessing]

The Aarhus Convention has lost one of its most remarkable Knights - Svitlana Kravchenko who left this earthly world on 10 February 2012. She will be remembered as great personality, strong and uncompromising fighter for environmental rights, amazing woman, carying wife and mother.

In the photo : Svitlana with he colleagues from the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee at the MOP-4 in Chisinau, June 2011.

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