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Convention on Access to Environmental Information, Public Participation in Environmental Decision-making and Access to Justice (The Aarhus Convention)
The Aarhus Convention was adopted on 25 June 1998 under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and entered into force on 30 October 2001. The Aarhus Convention is considered to be a new type of international environmental agreement including provisions for government responsibility and transparency in environmental issues, implementing the 10th principle of Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The Convention relies on three pillars: a) The access to environmental information, b)The public participation in decision making and c) the access to justice concerning environmental issues. In 2003 the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the Aarhus Convention was adopted at an extraordinary meeting of the Parties in Kiev.