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2016 Events

IUCN World Conservation Congress

1-10 September 2016, Hawaii


National Training Workshop on Combating illegal Trade in Chemicals and Waste

6-9 September 2016, Malacca, Malaysia


10 year anniversary event for the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol

8 and 9 September 2016, Bonn, Germany


Third Asian Judge Symposium on the Law, the Judiciary and Climate Change

26-27 September 2016, Manila, Philippines


17th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to CITES

24 September - 5 October, Johannesburg, South Africa


Argentina National congress on Environmental Law

2 December 2016


Central Asia training on Enforcement of Environmental Law In addition part of the meeting will be dedicated to InforMEA and the E-learning platform

Almaty,Kazakhstan (Venue and Date TBC) 


Thirteenth Course, 21 November to 1 December 2016, Joensuu, Finland


Past events

First Caribbean Regional Accession Workshop 
31 Aug 2016 - 02 Sep 2016, Barbados, Bridgetown


Achieving environmental sustainability for sustainable development
21-22 July 2016, United Nations Global Compact Office, New York


High-level dialogue on achieving environmental sustainability for sustainable development

18 July 2016, 6:15 to 7:30 p.m, Conference Room 4, United Nations Headquarters, New York


21 Brazilian Congress on Environmental Law and Congress of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries of the Institute Law for a Green Planet
6-8 June 2016, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Judicial Colloquium on the Linkages between Wildlife Crimes and Transnational Organized Crime

9-10 June 2016, Swahili Beach Hotel, Diani, Kenya 


CBD - UNEP - Cartagena Convention Workshop on management of invasive alien species for Caribbean SIDS

14-16 June 2016


Conference on Space Technologies and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity

27-30 June 2016, Nairobi,Kenya

To address the growing demand for space-based information and space technologies such as Earth Observation of satellite positioning for biodiversity monitoring and wildlife management, in particular. As a first workshop on these topics in Africa, a special session might also address specificities of coastal ecosystems observations. Interests of the host Government, UNEP and other international organizations will be considered in setting the agenda, with international experts drawn from pools such as the Conservation Remote Sensing group. Recent advancements in this domain will be presented, and specific needs in Africa will be identified for further action in better applying benefits of space technologies in the biodiversity domain.


1st World Environmental Law Congress 
27-29 April, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Congress theme is Environmental Rule of Law, Justice and Planetary Sustainability.

The World Environmental Law Congress will provide a global forum to advance the role of law in developing and implementing solutions that will ensure ecological sustainability.

For full details see the flyer  here 


High Level Event to commemorate the International Day for Biodiversity 
Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods

22 May 2016, Room no. 14 (rooftop), United Nations Offices in Nairobi


Informal brainstorming meeting with Members of the International Law Commission (ILC) and other eminent experts

2-3 May 2016, Geneva, Switzerland

- to consider the future shape of international law to address pollution of global significance affecting the Earth's ecosystems


Second Meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly
23-27 May 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system.


Sustainable Development, Climate Change and the Right to Health

A side event to the 2nd United Nations Environment Assembly

23 May 2016, 1.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. Conference Room 1, Lower Concourse Main Pavilion, United Nations Office, Nairobi

Organized by, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)


Global Symposium on Environmental Rights in the Context of Sustainable Development 

25 May 2016


Symposium and Judicial Workshop:  New Frontiers in Global Environmental Constitutionalism: Implementing Human and Environmental Rights in Global Contexts. 

 - Co-hosted by North West University (South Africa), Widener University (USA), and the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, Prof. John Knox

University of Pretoria Main Campus, South Africa

12-15 April 2016 - F1 Building, Senate Suite, Law Faculty, North West University

15 April 2016 - Moot Court Room, Ground Floor, Law Building


11th Green Customs Partners Meeting, 14-15 April 2016,Geneva, Switzerland 


BCH Asia Family: A Successful Operational Network of Cooperation
5 - 7 April 2016 , Manila, Philippines 


Strengthening National Legal Frameworks for the Effective Implementation of CITES and for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade 
4 -5 April 2016, United Nations Office at Nairobi, Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya
Conference room 3


South-South Experience Sharing Workshop on NBSAPs and Synergies among Biodiversity Conventions
15-17 March 2016, Nairobi, Kenya


Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP - Second Meeting
15-19 February 2016, Nairobi, Kenya


Guidelines for Integrated Waste Management Framework Legislation - Side Event 
18 February 2016, 12:45pm-14:15pm, Conference room 9


Regional Environmental Basins Forum for Caribbean countries
3-4 March 2016, Kingston, Jamaica


Conference on Compliance and Enforcement of MEAs
4-6 March 2016, New Delhi, India


Regional Environmental Diplomacy Institute (REDI) - AFRICA Workshop in Environmental Diplomacy
13-15 January 2016, Gulele Botanical Garden, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia