Lessons of CSO involvement in
the Aarhus Convention
negotiations
Magda Tóth Nagy, Adviser,
Former Head of REC’s
Participat...
www.rec.org
Content
• On the way to Aarhus
• Ensuring effective CSO participation in the
Convention negotiations
• Speakin...
www.rec.org
On the way to Aarhus:
From guidelines to a convention
Milestones:
• Sofia Guidelines on Access to Environmenta...
www.rec.org
Ensuring effective CSO participation
Coordination of CSOs and CSO input
Political leadership (European ECO For...
www.rec.org
Speaking with one voice
The role of the CSO delegation in the negotiation
• Harmonized input
• Strategic persp...
www.rec.org
Gathering political support
• Meetings, consultations, lobbying with high level officials and
politicians
• Co...
www.rec.org
Influencing the content of the
Convention
Setting clear priorities for the content/ the main issues:
• Strong ...
www.rec.org
Implementing Aarhus: From informal to
formal rules
Governance structures
• Institutionalizing the NGO involvem...
www.rec.org
Challenges and lessons learned
Key challenges
• Ensuring high standards: expert input, consensus and
negotiati...
www.rec.org
Thank you for the attention!
Further Contact:
Magda Tóth Nagy
mtothnagy@teammembers.rec.org
tmagdi@rec.org
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  • Other factors: EC directives and CEE democratization process from 1990; Rio
  • Negotiators - core negotiating group (4 persons/meeting led by Jeremy) plus other NGOs (NGO Coalition/ECO Coalition, later ECO Forum) selected from a pool of NGO experts - other NGOs in the negotiations and - NGOs in governmental delegations 2) Resource group advising and commenting on drafts and materials 3)NGOs and interested individuals (academics) - broader network: received information, organized campaigns, local actions to support the negotiation Negotiators -
  • Lessons of CSO Involvement in the Aarhus Convention Negotiations - Magda Toth Nagy, Quito Workshop 2013

    1. 1. Lessons of CSO involvement in the Aarhus Convention negotiations Magda Tóth Nagy, Adviser, Former Head of REC’s Participatory Governance Topic Area
    2. 2. www.rec.org Content • On the way to Aarhus • Ensuring effective CSO participation in the Convention negotiations • Speaking with one voice • Gathering political support • Influencing the content of the Convention • Implementing the Aarhus Convention • Challenges and lessons learned
    3. 3. www.rec.org On the way to Aarhus: From guidelines to a convention Milestones: • Sofia Guidelines on Access to Environmental Information and Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making (1994-1995) • Endorsed at 3rd Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe”, Sofia,1995 • CSO proposal for a convention - adopted at Conference • Convention negotiations, 1996-1998 • Aarhus Convention adopted in June 1998, Aarhus, Denmark (4th EfE Conference) Role and place of CSOs at the start of the negotiation and how it evolved: • Early consultations - influencing 0 draft, 1996 (Friends of Secretariat - Draft Elements) • Participation in the negotiations • Strong and decisive role • Formal and informal rules for CSO involvement originating from the Environment for Europe process
    4. 4. www.rec.org Ensuring effective CSO participation Coordination of CSOs and CSO input Political leadership (European ECO Forum - PP Campaign Committee, EEB) Three-tier approach: • Negotiators • Core negotiating group – NGO Coalition/ECO Coalition, later ECO Forum persons - 4 persons selected from a pool of NGO experts) • Other NGOs in the negotiations (EEB, FoE, CIEL, IUCN, WWF, REC, GLOBE, etc.) • NGOs in governmental delegations • Resource group - advising and commenting on drafts and materials • Broader network of NGOs and interested individuals (academics) – information, campaigns, local actions to support the negotiation Preparations for sessions, after session evaluation, inter-session work
    5. 5. www.rec.org Speaking with one voice The role of the CSO delegation in the negotiation • Harmonized input • Strategic perspective in formulating positions Introducing transparency and public scrutiny • Voicing public concerns in negotiations and securing accountability and transparency • Making the negotiations transparent to outside world • ECO reports, press releases, media work • Bringing more transparency to the negotiations • Consultations on draft text in 21 CEE and EECCA countries (REC) • Country assessment pointing out where improvements needed, Pan-European and regional overviews (Doors to Democracy) (REC with EEB, EcoPravo) • Feed back to the negotiations • Preparing for ratification/implementation • Ministers-NGO session in Aarhus (REC with EEB)
    6. 6. www.rec.org Gathering political support • Meetings, consultations, lobbying with high level officials and politicians • Cooperation with friendly governments and sending letters asking for support for positions from friendly governments • Using national NGOs to put pressure on their government) • Securing resources/funding • Using online and other tools for • communication and networking: • Discussion list, Participate newsletter
    7. 7. www.rec.org Influencing the content of the Convention Setting clear priorities for the content/ the main issues: • Strong Convention • Right-based approach • Three pillars • Broad scope (public authorities, decision-making) • Inclusive definition of environmental information • Short time limits for access • Public interest test, clearly and precisely defined exemptions for confidentiality • Info on emissions and discharges be publicly accessible • Pollutant Relelase and Transfer Registers (PRTRs)
    8. 8. www.rec.org Implementing Aarhus: From informal to formal rules Governance structures • Institutionalizing the NGO involvement for implementation • Rules of procedures • Compliance Committee nominations by NGOs and submissions by the public • Establishing Task Forces, Working Groups for implementation; and for negotiation of GMO amendment and new instrument - PRTR Protocol • Strong NGO presence and representation (membership in Bureau, big number of NGOs participating, financial support for NGOs)
    9. 9. www.rec.org Challenges and lessons learned Key challenges • Ensuring high standards: expert input, consensus and negotiation • Coping with complexity and diversity • Securing resources • Ensuring balanced regional representation Some policy lessons • Ensure openness through self-selection of CSOs • Appoint a well-respected and capable chairperson (for negotiation and for CSO negotiators) • Secure adequate resources • Develop mutually acceptable “rules of the game” for governing CSO involvement
    10. 10. www.rec.org Thank you for the attention! Further Contact: Magda Tóth Nagy mtothnagy@teammembers.rec.org tmagdi@rec.org www.rec.org www.unece.org/env/pp www.unece.org/env/pp/prtr http://prtr.ec.europa.eu www.prtr.net
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