AUTUMN SESSION
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

CONF/TER(2009)SYN4

Strasbourg, 10 January 2010

DRAFT SYNOPSIS OF THE MEETING ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2009

The Sustainable Territorial Development Committee of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, meeting at the Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg, on 30 September 2009, with Anne-Marie Chavanon in the Chair,

1. Adopted the agenda [CONF/TER(2009)OJ4] without amendment.
2. Adopted the synopsis of the meeting held on 24 June 2009 [CONF/TER(2009)SYN3] as it stood.
3. Debate on “Citizens’ participation in sustainable development”
Held its second session devoted to governance, on the sub-theme “What are the tools and the expectations?”.
3.1 The tools: reference texts
Aarhus Convention:
Heard a noteworthy presentation by the Executive Secretary of the Aarhus Convention, Jeremy Wates, on trends in participative governance since the Rio Convention. It noted the stipulation in the Aarhus Convention, which remained a fundamental reference text, that “Each Party shall strive to promote effective public participation at an appropriate stage … while options are still open …”.
Council of Europe tools
Exchanged views with the senior officials and parliamentarians of the other Council of Europe bodies on the Organisation’s ground-breaking conventions and instruments in preparation :


This is an unadopted draft document.
Under no circumstances shall it be considered binding on the persons referred to therein.


Sustainable Territorial Development Committee

Contribution to the Conference of European Ministers
responsible for Local and Regional Government
16-17 November 2009 – Utrecht (Netherlands)

The Sustainable Territorial Development Committee:

To make this participation effective, the Sustainable Territorial Development Committee asks expressly: