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. By far, over 300 participants from all over the world 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 Thirteenth Course will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus, Joensuu, Finland from 21 November to 1 December 2016 with a special theme of "Effectiveness of Multilateral Environmental Agreements".

The UEF-UNEP 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 UNEP, 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. Starting from year 2004, the course has had altogether 375 participants from 123 different countries.

Contact us

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

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News:
The Thirteenth Course will be held in Joensuu, Finland from 21 November to 1 December 2016.
First Announcement published. Read it here.
The application period is open from 1 June to 14 August 2016.  You can apply here.