Lundi, Octobre 6, 2014 - Vendredi, Octobre 17, 2014
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Multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) are the predominant legal method for addressing transboundary environmental problems. Nowadays States, particularly least developed countries and developing countries, face the challenge of implementing over 300 MEAs with limited technical, financial and human resource capabilities. Several countries need to develop their capacities for the better implementation of environmental obligations at the national level in order to ensure adequate application and compliance of MEAs. Thus, training and capacity development are key resources for effective global environmental protection.
UNITAR is aware of the fact that States need to enhance their national capacities in order to meet their environmental obligations. For this reason, UNITAR offers the Series of e-Learning Courses on International Environmental Law that is composed of 4 courses.

Event Objectives:

The e-Course on International Environmental Governance is the second course of the Series of e-Learning Courses on International Environmenal Law. The overall goal of this course is to provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge of the role of the main actors involved in the development of international environmental law who formulate policy instruments and negotiate and conclude Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). This knowledge is necessary to identify the shortcomings of the current international environmental governance regime.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Define the concept of International Environmental Governance (IEG) and identify its main actors.
  • Identify the main elements of IEG and list the fundamental principles of good environmental governance.
  • Identify the role of the United Nations bodies, agencies and programmes for development and implementation of international environmental law and policy.
  • Identify and describe the role of MEA bodies and Non-State actors in international law and policy-making and in their implementation.
  • Recommend a specific legal instrument to deal with a particular international environmental problem and consider a more suitable forum to negotiate such a legal instrument.
  • Identify the shortcomings and strengths of the current IEG regime and describe the approaches for reforming it.
  • Recommend a particular approach for reforming the current IEG regime.