WHEN: Tuesday 13 November 2007 from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m.
WHERE: The National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia (Small Hall), Šubičeva 4, Ljubljana.
The Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia organised, in cooperation with Umanotera, the Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development, a one-day consultation called Environment and Human Rights.
The purpose of the consultation was to inform the civil society, involved in the environmental protection, of the possibilities under the applicable law to exercise its rights and participate actively in procedures related to environment and space.
Public participation in making decisions on the environment, better access to information and efficient legal mechanisms for the protection of legitimate interests are improving the quality and implementation of decisions, and raising the public awareness on environmental issues. They give the public the possibility to express its interests, and the administration to take them into account.
In the first part of the consultation, the representatives of the Human Rights Ombudsman, NGOs and relevant bodies presented their mandates and the possibilities of the public to exercise its rights and actively participate in the procedures. The civil society organisations presented some cases which enabled an in-depth consideration of environmental issues. After the presentation, the work continued in the form of workshops, where participants presented their views, opinions and proposals to improve the environmental protection and spatial planning.
All of the panel participants’ contributions were published, in full or summarized, in a thematic issue of a free newsletter, “The Ombudsman: How to Protect Your Rights”.
This free newsletter is only in slovene but the printed version is also available at the following address: Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia, Dunajska 56, 1109 Ljubljana, or natasa.kuzmic(at)varuh-rs.si.
After the introductory presentation, the work continued in the form of workshops in which participants explained their views, opinions, and proposals for improving the situation in environmental protection and physical planning.
It was possible to submit additional opinions, views, and proposals, as well as arguments (pros and cons) for improving the environmental situation from 19 to 26 November 2007, through this Internet link www.varuh-rs.si or through www.umanotera.org.
Initiatives submitted to the relevant authorities on the basis of the conclusions of the discussion panel “The Environment and Human Rights”, as well as on the basis of any other additionally received proposals, will be published on the web pages of the Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia and Umanotera.