The Inter-American Juridical Committee (IAJC), a body of the Organization of American States, approved last week Resolution No. 147 (LXXIII-O/08) which contains a set of principles on the right of access to information.
In July, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter forwarded the Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right to Information to all heads of state and leaders of the major international organizations and financial institutions.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) continues expanding its initiative to develop capacities oriented to strengthen access to information and public participation in environmental decision-making.
The Aarhus Convention celebrates ten years of progress in 2008. The Convention held its third Meeting of the Parties in Riga, Latvia in June 2008 and Lalanath de Silva, Director TAI Secretariat made a presentation to the meeting during a High Level segment on June 13.
The convention was adopted by forty governments and the European Community in Aarhus, Denmark, on the 25th June 1998 at the Fourth Ministerial Conference in the ‘Environment for Europe’ process (UNECE).