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OSCE: Public participation in environmental decision-making in focus at 2023 Aarhus Centres Annual Meeting

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The 2023 Annual Meeting of Aarhus Centres was organized by OCEEA and was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and virtually on 17 and 18  October 2023. The primary focus of the meeting was the role of Aarhus Centres in facilitating public participation in decision-making, a transition towards a green economy, and managing hazardous and toxic wastes.  It aimed to foster discussions and enhance the engagement of Aarhus Centres in advancing effective environmental governance across diverse domains. The meeting was attended by more than 70 representatives from Aarhus Centres, national authorities, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and OSCE field operations. 

Following the positive experience of last year’s edition, the 2023 Aarhus Centres Annual Meeting represented an effective opportunity to conduct a capacity-building session on “Digital Communication and Visibility Strategies”, with the goal of strengthening skills in communicating, presenting and make visible the work of the Aarhus Centres to a national and international audience.

The meeting was organized by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) in close collaboration with the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the Committee for Environmental Protection under the Government of Tajikistan.

The 2023 Aarhus Centres Annual Meeting was partially financed thanks to contributions from Germany and Italy to the extra-budgetary project “Strengthening Aarhus Centres in the OSCE area to promote good environmental governance and sustainable development”.


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