OSCE and the Aarhus Convention
09 June 2015
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Image PlaceholderThis year’s World Environmental Day with the motto "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care" is a reminder of the shared responsibility we all have in using natural resources sensibly to ensure sustainability, peace and security. Environmental challenges can lead to tensions. Environmental co-operation, on the other hand, can contribute to building trust at all levels.

As part of its comprehensive approach to security, the OSCE has been supporting its participating States for more than a decade in implementing the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), and the establishment of a network of 59 Aarhus Centres in 14 countries.

These Centres serve as a bridge between the government and citizens in addressing environmental issues, and work to raise awareness and promote public participation in environmental decision-making and building a sustainable future.

In this issue of OSCE LINK, we invite you to learn more about the work of the Aarhus Centres in the OSCE region.

Halil Yurdakul Yigitgüden
Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities

Aarhus Centres: Addressing environmental challenges through partnerships

Environmental challenges do not recognize borders. Addressing them effectively requires co-operation and partnerships at all levels. It is at the community level where the Aarhus Centres start such co-operation and joint action. Check out our infographic to learn more

5 June: World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić called for greater partnership to ensure the sustainable management of natural resources. Read More

What are the Aarhus Centres?

The Aarhus Centres provide platforms to engage citizens, governments and the private sector in a dialogue on environmental challenges. Access to information, public participation in environmental decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters are the pillars of the 1998 Aarhus Convention. They are also the basis for the work of the 59 Aarhus Centres operating in 14 countries in the OSCE area. Check out our new page to learn more

Networking for a sustainable and secure future

Environmental co-operation, networking and partnerships were the focus of the two-day Aarhus Centres Annual Meeting, organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities on 3-4 June in Vienna. Read More

Regional co-operation

As part of the 2015 Aarhus Centres Annual Meeting on 3-4 June 2015 in Vienna, Aarhus Centres from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia signed a Joint Declaration, stating their commitment to strengthen partnership and co-operation among the 13 Aarhus Centres in South-East Europe. Read More

Aarhus Centres: Making a difference

What can we do to help citizens exercise their right to a safe environment? Watch our video on Aarhus Centres working across the OSCE region with citizens, governments and the private sector.

Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC)

The ENVSEC initiative is a partnership of the OSCE, the UN Development Programme, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, and NATO as an associated partner to address environment and security challenges in Eastern Europe, South-East Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. It aims to address common risks through co-operation by offering countries a shared pool of expertise and resources. Learn More

Last call to participate!

Want to witness international diplomacy in action? Share how you work with others and help us show that co-operation matters! Join the #WeCooperate campaign until 10 June and win: osce.org/wecooperate.
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