University of Eastern Finland (UEF) - United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements 

 Course overview 

  • High profile two week Course on MEAs, international environmental law-making and diplomacy. 
  • Intended for experienced government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations. Other stakeholders, such as representatives of NGOs and the private sector, researchers and academics in the field of international environmental law are also eligible. So far, over 480 participants from 127 countries have been trained through the series of the Course.​
  • Approximately 30 participants, with an equal distribution from the North and South and taking into account gender balance will be admitted to the Course. 
  • Participants are expected to pay their travel and other expenses and a tuition fee of EUR 1000.
  • Candidates from developing countries and from countries with economies in transition can apply for a full or partial fellowship.

The UEF-UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements is a high profile two week Course on MEAs, international environmental law-making and diplomacy. It is organised annually in cooperation of the University of Eastern Finland and United Nations Environment Programme, with a changing course venue and theme each year.

The aim of the Course is to equip present and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements with the information and experiences of others in the area of international environmental law-making in order to improve the impact and implementation of these key treaties.

The Course also serves as a forum for fostering cooperation between developed and developing country negotiators; and for taking stock of recent developments in the negotiation and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and diplomatic practices in this field. The ultimate aim of the Course is to improve environmental negotiation capacity and governance worldwide.

Each course concentrates on one specific theme under international environmental law, and through interactive lectures, workshops, and excursions the course equips participants with basic skills in internatonal environmental law-making, diplomacy and negotiations related to that specific thematic area.

The course is intended for experienced government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations. Other stakeholders, such as representatives of NGOs and the private sector, researchers and academics in the field of international environmental law are also eligible. Since 2004, the course has had over 480 participants from 127 different countries.

Contact us

For general information about this course, including application, please contact UEF-UN Environment Course organisation at:
mea-course(at)uef.fi

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NEWS:
Due to the covid-19 outbreak, the 17th edition of the UEF-UNEP Course on MEAs to take place in 2020 has been postponed. More information will be made available in autumn 2020. We hope you and your loved ones stay healthy.
The First Announcement for the 17th edi UEF-UN Environment Course on MEAs can be found here.
Call for papers for the 2019 International Environmental Law-Making and Diplomacy Review. Read more here.
The 2018 International Law-Making and Diplomacy Review has been published. The e-publication is free and can be accessed alongside the past Reviews under the tab 'Publications'.