Aarhus Convention
Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

Aarhus Convention


The objective of this Convention is to guarantee the rights of access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters. This landmark agreement builds on prior texts and is the first environmental treaty to incorporate the language of Principle 1 of the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment ("Stockholm Declaration"). Aarhus Convention, and its Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) are the only legally binding international instruments on environmental democracy that put Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in practice; and they are open for global accession.




Place published
Aarhus, Denmark
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Signed: 28 June 1998 Entered into Force: 30 October 2001