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Second Meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-Making

Monday, 30 July 2012
The Second Meeting of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-Making was held from 6 to 8 June 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Meeting was organised under the auspices of the Task Force on Public Participation in Decision-Making of the Aarhus Convention and the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health*, 1999, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forests of Romania and Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF). Experts from countries from the UNECE region and representatives from international organisations attended the Meeting.

The Meeting covered a wide range of issues regarding public participation in environmental decision-making with a special focus on decision-making on water and health-related matters. Furthermore, the participants’ discussions focused on the development of new recommendations, currently being prepared under the Aarhus Convention on public participation regarding environmental matters, and the new guidelines/manual for involving the public in consultations and decision-making processes being prepared under the Protocol on Water and Health.

With respect to new recommendations, the participants reviewed and provided valuable input on the Draft Recommendations on Improving Implementation of the Provisions of the Convention on Public Participation in Decision-Making. Regarding the new guidelines/manual for involving the public in consultations and decision-making processes, participants’ consultations focused on the Draft Outline for the Guidelines on Public Participation under the Protocol on Water and Health prepared by Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECE) in cooperation with the UNECE Secretariat. This draft outline responds to the Decision by the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health in November 2010 to provide assistance to Parties in the implementation of articles 9 and 10 of the Protocol and promote public participation, in particular to establish targets in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol.


Note

* The Protocol on Water and Health is part of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercources and International Lakes, 1992 (The UNECE Water Convention). It aims to protect human health and well being by better water management, including the protection of water ecosystems, and by preventing, controlling and reducing water-related diseases. It is the first international agreement of its kind adopted specifically to attain an adequate supply of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation for everyone, and effectively protect water used as a source of drinking water. Parties to the Protocol commit to set targets in relation to the entire water cycle. Finally, this Protocol introduces a social component into cooperation on water management linking social and economic development to the protection of natural ecosystems.


Source: UNECE
For further information:
http://www.unece.org/env/pp/meetings/tfppdm2_pwh.html
http://www.unece.org/env/water/pwh_text/text_protocol.html


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