Aarhus Convention: 5th Meeting of the Parties, Maastricht 2014

In June - July 2014, fifth conference of the parties to the Aarhus Convention took place in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Delegates from 46 signatory states from Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia discussed current situation on access to the information, right to participate in decision making on environmental issues and right for independent justice.

Arnika, together with partners from Kazakhstan, organized several events to draw public attention to deteriorating situation in post-Soviet countries and increasing disregard of citizens' rights.

As illustrative example, we informed about Kok-Jailau case: ski resort project, that could seriously damage nature of the national park in Tien Shan mountains. Although local people protest, authorities do not want to hear... Read more on Kok-Jailau case >>>

Side event: Does the Aaarhus Convention help the citizens of Eastern Europe and Central Asia protect their environment?

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* Are NGOs making strong enough effort to promote informational openess and involve public in decision making on national level? Can we do more?

* Why some governments fail to implement or comply with Aarhus Convention?

* Which role should play international financial institutions and corporations?


Alternative country situation reports on Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.


pdfInvitation for the event523.64 KB

Read the press release >>>

No justice: report from Kazakhstan >>>


Performance: Human rights of Nibbled Apples?

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Come and taste an apple from Almaty, origin of apple and tulip. Come and a feel a state where the citizens are curious what will happen if they try to demand the rights secured by the Aarhus Convention.


See the pictures from the happening >>>

Read the press release >>>

Photo exhibition: Kok-Jeilau - endangered beauty


Exhibition of 15 photos of various authors from Kazakhstan presents beauty of the nature of Ile-Alatau National Park belonging to Tien Shan mountain range.


Just here, in the heart of mountains, construction of large ski resort is planned. The project would not only damage the nature, but also privatize the land and make it unacessible for local people.


See the exhibition online >>>

Find more information on 2014 Aarhus Convention Conference in Maastricht on official UNECE site.

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