Participatory Governance

Contribution to major international processes

The REC continued its involvement in the Eye on Earth summit, and in particular in the Access for All special initiative (A4A SI) in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). Under the umbrella of the A4A SI, the REC launched the framework programme Building Bridges between Regions on the Promotion and Implementation of Principle 10 (PP10) of the Rio Declaration, which currently encompasses two projects.

The REC’s role in facilitating interregional cooperation on Principle 10, as well as in providing assistance and capacity building to different stakeholders in the process, has been highly appreciated. In November, in Santiago de Chile, 19 signatory governments to the Declaration on the Application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development from the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regions launched negotiations on the development of a regional instrument on Principle 10. The LAC process has thus gained momentum and during this very intense phase donor support and technical assistance are greatly in demand. The REC is committed to continuing to support the process and to maintaining bridges for cooperation between the UN regions. 

Supporting civil society

The topic area offers long-term strategic support to strengthen civil society organisations (CSOs) by building their viability as well as their participation, lobbying, watchdogging and networking capacities. Within its mandate under three multi-annual CSO support projects launched in 2012, the REC delivered comprehensive support and capacity building to more than 300 environmental CSOs during 2014 through the project Supporting Civil Society Organisations (SECTOR) in Belarus and Moldova; the SENiOR-A project in Albania; and SENSE in Serbia — all funded by the Government of Sweden. The assistance provided by the REC contributed to strengthening CSOs’ organisational and professional development; improving knowledge, skills and capacities; and networking. Various grant schemes were offered to beneficiaries alongside the demand-driven capacity-building activities, with the enthusiastic involvement of local stakeholders.

The REC and the Aarhus Convention

For many years the REC has played a major role in promoting and implementing the Aarhus Convention at national and international level. Experts from the topic area provided substantial inputs to the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, reinforcing the organisation’s position as a major capacity-building provider for the implementation of the convention as well as a major actor in offering targeted support on implementation to various stakeholders. The REC team has also been actively involved in the Aarhus Convention task forces on access to information, public participation, access to justice and capacity building.

Participatory Governance
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