The CBD Secretariat also wishes to highlight to Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity that participation in the consultation process conducted by the Aarhus Convention Secretariat is open to all stakeholders of international forums. The consultation is held between June 2006 and July 2007.
Relevant background information is available in the Report of the Second Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, through its decision II/4 on Promoting the Application of Principles of the Aarhus Convention in International Forums (ECE/MP.PP/2005/2/Add.5). The Almaty Guidelines are annexed to decision II/4. Decision II/4 is available under the following web link:http://unece.org/env/documents/2005/pp/ece/ece.mp.pp.2005.2.add.5.e.pdf
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to participate in the consultation process itself and has undertaken to respond to the “Questionnaire for Consultation Process on Issues Addressed by the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Guidelines” which aim is to elicit the views of international forums on the Almaty Guidelines in a context of exchange of experience between international forums on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice on environmental matters.