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Resources for the Online Discussion on Access to Information

Welcome to the Resource section for the online discussion on access to information. Under operational objective 1.4 of the programme of work, Parties and the Secretariat were invited to identify, document and exchange through the BCH case studies on best practices and lessons learned in promoting public awareness, education and participation concerning LMOs.

In this regard, the purpose of the resource section is for all Governments and other stakeholders that have a wide-range of experience in public awareness, education and participation to identify and exchange case studies, notes and proposals.

The Aarhus Convenion's GMO Amendment was adopted in their decision II/1 on genetically modified organisms at the second meeting of the Parties held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 25-27 May 2005.
The Aarhus Convention's Guidelines on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice with respect to Genetically Modified Organisms is an Annex to decision II/1 on genetically modified organisms.
The Clearinghouse showcases information on laws and practices relevant to the public's right to, for example access environmental information and participate in environmental decision-making. It includes law and practices regarding LMOs.
The full text of the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention)
The Tutorials available from this page are composed of five modules providing guidance on the basic features of the different BCH sections.
This implementation guide is for the model Inter-american Law on access to information
This website outlines the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents.
This manual for public officials is designed as a resource for officials who want to adopt administrative practices that conform to the best standards of freedom of information. It should help them to make their work and procedures more professional, which will increase the public’s trust in and appreciation of their administration. The main contents are as follows: Chapter 1: What is freedom of information? Chapter 2: Basic principles of freedom of information laws Chapter 3: Legal framework for freedom of information Chapter 4: What are the exceptions to public access to information? Chapter 5: Public bodies and access to information Chapter 6: Who are the requesters? Chapter 7: Processing requests
This report by Freedom of Information Project of Privacy International is an ongoing review of of countries that have adopted national regimes on access to information. The countries in this report have all adopted some form of national system of access to information.
This working paper issued by the World Bank Institute identifies four primary drivers of proactive disclosure throughout history.
This website is to a public access to information forum for the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE). THe INECE is a partnership of government and non-government enforcement and compliance practitioners from more than 150 countries.
This legal instrument was prepared under the auspices of the special rapporteur on freedom of expression and access to information in Africa in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. The instrument is a model law for African Union Member States on Access to Information.
This website provides a compilation of documents related to access to information.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has developed Guidelines for the Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEAs) (UNEP MEA Guidelines), including 41(j) guidelines related to public access to environmental information. This website provides additional information, including case studies and other information on public access to environmental information.
This website provided information on the development and implementation of national biosafety frameworks funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). These projects have enabled many countries to undertake activities that have contributed to the implementation of Article 23 of the Protocol.