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Aarhus Convention Workshop

16 Oct 2008 - 16:29

International workshop on access to information, public participation and access to justice regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), 19-20 May 2008

On 19-20 May 2008 in Cologne, Germany, Parties to the Aarhus Convention held an international workshop on access to information, public participation and access to justice with respect to GMOs.

The workshop intended to bring interested governments, international organizations, NGOs, industry and academia together to identify the most pressing needs and challenges regarding access to information, public participation and access to justice with respect to GMOs and to facilitate exchange on good practices to address them. The workshop had a particular focus on the needs and challenges facing developing countries.

Professor Kinderlerer attended the meeting at the request of the Secretariat to the Convention. He was asked to moderate break-out groups that talked about Access to information, including labelling with respect to genetically modified organisms - identification of the most pressing needs and challenges regarding access to information; and Exchanges of good practice on addressing the most pressing needs and challenges regarding access to information. In addition he presented a paper on Access to Justice with respect to GMO s.

The Aarhus Convention is a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe treaty that was adopted in 1998. It addresses Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. Membership includes most European Countries including those formally associated with the Soviet Union and is open to developing countries throughout the world.