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UNEP HOSTS THE FIFTH GLOBAL TRAINING PROGRAMME IN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY

Nairobi, 16 November 2001 The Training Programme will be attended by 50 experts from developing countries, industrialized countries and those with economies in transition. The participants are government lawyers and policy makers in their countries.

The training has been designed to familiarise the participants with legal and institutional developments in the field of environmental law at the national, regional and global levels.

It will seek to promote greater interest in and commitment to using environmental law as an instrument for translating sustainable development policies into actions. At the end of three weeks, it is expected that the participants will take initiatives on a more informed basis in their respective home countries in the development and implementation of environmental law.

The agenda for the training programme covers a wide range of environmental issues and will be facilitated by specialists in the field of the environment, including representatives from the Environmental Convention Secretariats. Other facilitators will be staff from UNEP substantive and regional offices, staff members of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlement (Habitat), local NGOs and legal experts from Kenya and other countries.

The Fifth Global Training Programme is unique in the sense that it is held shortly after the

adoption of the Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law for the First Decade of the Twenty First Century (Montevideo III Programme) early this year by the UNEP Governing Council, and the time when the issue of international environmental governance is being debated.

The Division of Policy Development and Law (DPDL) of UNEP, in particular, its Environmental Law Branch, which will host the training programme, plans to compile a report that will include country papers submitted by the participants and presentations prepared by resource persons. The report will later serve as an important tool for trainees, lawyers and policy makers working in the field of environmental management.

UNEP Information note 01/38