IGES launches Policy Briefs #2
Information Access as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development in Asia
-Establishing a regional agreement in Asia-

20 October 2005
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) - Hayama, Japan - has launched Policy Brief #2, entitled "Information Access as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development in Asia - Establishing regional agreement in Asia".

To promote environmentally sustainable development, it is imperative that access to relevant information, in advance, for the stakeholders, and in particular to the local people, is ensured. At the same time, it is essential that their views and concerns are appropriately reflected in the decision-making process. Compared to Europe, where countries have promoted information disclosure in accordance with the Aarthus Convention1, the status of Asian disclosure is lagging behind, especially in the developing countries. This issue proposes the steps for promoting information access, such as the establishment of an agreement at the regional level, the development of a basic model of legislation on access to environmental information in the region and the promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue regionally and internationally.

Policy Brief #2 will be presented at a workshop related to access to environmental information during a conference entitled "1/3 of our Planet" (Asia-Europe Environment Forum)2 in Jakarta, on 23-25 November 2005. Thus, this policy brief is expected to initiate active dialogue among conference attendees and stakeholders in the region.

Ms. Megumi Kido
PR Officer, IGES
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81 46-855-3734
Fax: +81 46-855-3739

1Aarthus Convention
Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters:
A regional agreement adopted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in 1998 and came into force in 2001. It has thirty-six member countries.

2 1/3 of our Planet (Asia-Europe Environment Forum)
The conference aims to be a platform for dialogue between Asia and Europe on environment and sustainable development issues. IGES is one of the co-organisers of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum. The workshop related to access to environmental information will be held by the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED, Secretariat: IGES), on 23-24 November.

A series of policy briefs was launched in June 2005 to send out the research outcomes of our researchers as clear and timely policy proposals for governmental agencies, international organisations, businesses, NGOs and others all over the world. They raise the latest issues concerning sustainable development and provide appropriate policy options.

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