PPIF

The primary focus of the Aarhus Convention is the national level. But the Parties have also committed themselves to promote the principles of the Convention in international environmental decision-making processes and within the framework of international organisations dealing with environmental matters.

Public Participation in International Fora is described in Article 3.7 of the Aarhus Convention which says that “each Party shall promote the application of the principles of this Convention in international environmental decision-making process and within the framework of international organizations in matters relating to the environment”.

In order to implement this, special guidelines called “Almaty Guidelines” were prepared and adopted at the MOP in Almaty in May 2005. At the same time, the Task Force on Public Participation in International Forums (PPIF) was established to enter into consultations with different international forums about the Almaty Guidelines. The first consultations took place from 2006 to 2007. In 2008, at MOP-3 in Riga, the mandate of the Task Force was renewed to continue the outreach to international forums using the format of joint workshops, invitations to attend the Convention meetings, prepare a compendium of case studies of good practice for a broad dissemination etc. The lead country for this Task Force was France.

At MOP-4 in Chisinau 2011, Aarhus Parties decided to continue work on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums but to put this work under the responsibility of the Working Group of Parties. Since then, each meeting of the WGP has a special session devoted to the issue of public participation in international forums. As before, France continues its leadership in this area.

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