Non-Governmental Organisations


Strasbourg, 21 September 2009

30 September 2009 from 9 am to 12.30 pm
Room 2, Palais de l’Europe

    1. Draft agenda: for adoption
    2. Synopsis of the meeting on 24 June 2009 [CONF/TER(2009)SYN3]: for adoption
    3. Debate on “Citizen participation in sustainable development”

        Session 2: “What are the tools and the expectations?”

    1. Reference texts
    - International tools: From Rio to Aarhus by Jeremy Wates, Secretary General of the Aarhus Convention
    - Council of Europe tools

        Prime reference texts:
        - European Landscape Convention, Berne Convention,
        by Robert Palmer, Council of Europe Director of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage
        - Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority (Doc CM (2009)76),
        by Miljenco Doric, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Local and Regional Democracy of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
        - Drafting an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to a healthy environment (Doc.12003), by JosÚ Mendes Bota, rapporteur of the Committee on Environment, Agriculture and Local and Regional Affairs of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly
        - Commitment and work of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe furthering citizen participation in local public action, by Ulrich Bohner, Secretary General of the Congress
        Current activities that hold out hope: the Utrecht Agenda
        - Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance and label of good governance by a member of the Monitoring Platform

    2. Citizen expectations

        - John Hontelez, Executive Director of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
        - Professor Radi Radev (Eco-forum – Bulgaria)

    3. Adoption of a contribution to the Utrecht Conference (Conference of European Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government, 16 and 17 November 2009 in Utrecht)
    4. Conclusions By Annelise Oeschger, Honorary President of the Conference of INGOs
    4. Work of the committee

        - Biodiversity Taskforce headed by Edith Wenger: work in hand and forward schedule
        - European Local Democracy Week (13-19 October 2009),
        - Report on participation by committee members in the work of other pillars of the Council of Europe and other international organisations

    5. Other business
    6. Next meetings