Division of Environmental Law and Conventions


The following pages provide the calendar of various events organized by the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC), as well as inter-governmental meetings of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs):


International Day for Biological Diversity 2015
22 May 2015

Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

This year’s theme reflects the importance of efforts made at all levels to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda for the period of 2015-2030 and the relevance of biodiversity for the achievement of sustainable development.

Preparatory Workshops for Paris UNFCCC COP for 2015 for Least Developed countries

June 2015, Bonn,Germany

Second Congress on Environmental Policy, Law and Justice Seminar on Environmental Crimes

6-10 July 2015, La Habana,Cuba

Workshop on Environmental Policy and Law - 
To build capacity of staff of the ministry and the concerned authorities in the State of Qatar in environmental law and polic.

October or November 2015 (Exact dates TBC),Doha, Qatar

University of Finland and UNEP - 12th Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements
2-12 November 2015, Shanghai, China

The Special theme of the Twelfth Course is Climate Change

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are jointly organizing, in co-operation with the Fudan University Law School and UNEP-Tongji University Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, a high profile two-week Course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy at Nordic Centre and Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

First Announcement 

Course website:

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2nd UNEP-INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Conference
16-20 November 2015,Nairobi, Kenya

The Conference will bring together executive leaders from around the world to deliberate on issues associated with communication and networking between governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector; mechanisms to expedite the exchange and maximize the storage of data, information and intelligence and collaboration surrounding transnational investigations and operational actions.

Past 2015 News and Events

Regional Training on Negotiations for Multilateral Environmental Agreements Focusing on UNFCCC and CBD as they relate to Regional Seas Convention
11-13 May 2015, Jeddah Kingdom, Saudi Arabia

Meeting of Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean
14-15 May 2015, Santiago de Chile 

Regional Meeting of negotiators in preparation for Climate Change multilateral negotiators (exchange of views and discussion of key topics for the region towards COP21)

13-16 April 2015, Amman, Jordan,

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development:
High-Level Event with Members of the International Advisory Council for Environmental Justice of UNEP

UN Headquarters, New York,4 May 2015, 

Inter American Congress on Environmental Rule of Law

Montego Bay, Jamaica

30-31 March 2015

Regional Workshop for Drafting Legal Formulation of Address Adaptation and Climate Resilient Strategies

Trinidad and Tobago, 2-5 March 2015

Side Event during the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council on Human Rights and Environment

Palais des Nations, Geneva, 10 March 2015

Ratification and Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)s for the member countries of the Central Africa Forests Commission (COMIFAC)

Kigali, Rwanda

16-17 March 2015

Human-Induced Factors Continue to Cause Biodiversity Decline in Africa, According to Preview of UNEP Report


First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations   - Nairobi,Kenya, 26 -28 November 2014
The Eleventh University of Eastern Finland - UNEP course on MEAs University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 20 -30 October 2014

Treaty Event 2014 :Towards Universal Participation and Implementation  -  23 - 25 September 2014, UN Headquarters

COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Africa

21 - 23 September 2014,   Harare, Zimbabwe
The First multi-stakeholder expert Meeting on Elaboration of options for Enhanced Cooperation and Synergies  among biodiversity-related MEAs - 26-28 August 2014, Interlaken, Switzerland 

Montreux, 9 June 2014

2014 International Day for Biological Diversity - May 22, 2014

To coincide with the designation by the UN General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2014 will be 'Island Biodiversity'

Africa Asia Inter-regional Meeting on Enforcement of Environmental Law - 19 - 22 May 2014 Beijing, China

The meeting was organised by DELC in collaborate with the Ministry of Environment Protection of China through the China ASEAN Centre of Environmental Cooperation (CAEC) and will involve selected countries from Africa and Asia (South-east Asia and Central Asia) for the purpose of strengthening compliance and enforcement of environmental law, including multilateral environmental agreements.

First meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 

Daily web coverage (ENB)

Intro  -  24 March  -  25 March  - 26 March - 27 March - 28 March