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Environmental Governance

Definition(s)

Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided (Source: Rio Principle 10)
In carrying out their commitments under Article 4,
paragraph 1(i), the Parties shall:
(a) Promote and facilitate at the national and, as
appropriate, subregional and regional levels, and in
accordance with national laws and regulations, and
within their respective capacities:
(i) The development and implementation of
educational and public awareness programmes on
climate change and its effects;
(ii) Public access to information on climate change
and its effects;[...] (Source: UNFCCC, Art. 6)
In response to a request for environmental information, make such information available to the public, within the framework of national legislation[...] The environmental information [...] shall be made available as soon as possible [...] (Source: Aarhus Convention, Art. 4)
The ability, right and permission to approach and use, or the general availability of, resources that convey knowledge. (Source: GEMET/RHW)

Hierarchy

Related terms:
transparency
access-to-information

In other languages

French
accès à l'information
Russian
доступ к информации
Spanish
acceso a la información
Chinese, Simplified
宣传运动
Arabic
النفاذ إلى المعلومات

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with access to information

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with access to information. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Basel Convention
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Convention on Migratory Species
Stockholm Convention
Vienna Convention
Montreal Protocol
Nagoya Protocol
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Kyoto Protocol
Ramsar Convention
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Rotterdam Convention
Dumping Protocol
Prevention and Emergency Protocol
Offshore Protocol
Hazardous Wastes Protocol
Aarhus Convention
Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
Espoo Convention
Noumea Convention
Cartagena Convention
Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents
Minamata Convention on Mercury
United Nations Environment Assembly
ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution