European ECO Forum Statement to the Sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention and to the Third Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Budva/Montenegro, September 11 - 15, 2017)
Since the Aarhus Convention was adopted in 1998, the environmental crisis has continued and deepened. While progress has been made in tackling some specific environmental problems, the overall impact of human activity continues to take us inexorably towards passing a point of no return in relation to climate change, biodiversity loss and soil degradation, to mention a few. In other words, we, human society, are not winning the battle to save the environment.
Full text of the statement in English and Russian.
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On 15 and 16 May 2018 in Rome, Italy, key past and present players, including Government representatives, civil society and other stakeholders, are gathering to discuss main achievements and lessons learned over the last 20 years as well as future challenges and objectives of the Convention’s implementation. The anniversary event is held at Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace 5 – 00187 in Rome. Please see for more here.
Representatives of 24 Latin American and Caribbean countries adopted the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin American and the Caribbean at the ninth Meeting of the Negotiation Committee, held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 28 February to 4 March 2018. The text had been under negotiation since 2014. Throughout the negotiations, the Aarhus Convention secretariat provided advisory support to ECLAC, upon request, and facilitated participation of relevant experts in negotiations. Several Aarhus Parties and partner organizations also supported the process. The Aarhus Convention secretariat stands ready to continue its close collaboration with ECLAC also during the next steps of bringing the Regional Agreement to life. To read more, please follow the link here.