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Compliance on Multilateral Environmental Agreements Gets Educational Boost From UNEP and the IUCN Academy
16/ 12/ 2010

Compliance on Multilateral Environmental Agreements Gets Educational Boost From UNEP and the IUCN AcademyOver the past four decades the international community has developed and adopted Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), which under international law are fundamental for assisting countries to work together on global environmental issues.

Nairobi/ Ottawa, December 16, 2010 - Over the past four decades the international community has developed and adopted Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), which under international law are fundamental for assisting countries to work together on global environmental issues.

Recognizing that these agreements will only be effective if they are properly implemented and enforced, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has over the years developed educational materials and supported various capacity-building activities focusing on the MEAs.

As part of this continuing effort to highlight the importance of implementation and enforcement, UNEP and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law have created and are launching today a university-level course on "Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements". The course has benefited from the input of many scholars and other experts around the world working in the field of environmental law.

The primary target audience for the course is law students, as well as students of international relations, environmental management and other disciplines linked to the study of the environment. After completion of the Compliance coursework, the students will have a better understanding of international environmental law in general as well as of the main challenges for effective compliance and enforcement of the MEAs.

Education has always been a priority for UNEP. Its annual training programme with Germany's Dresden University on environmental management has been ongoing since 1977. Over the past three years, UNEP has also worked closely with over 90 universities across 42 countries in Africa in building a programme for bringing environmental concerns and solutions into higher education. Known as the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA), this successful project is now being considered for replication in Caribbean universities under the Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in the Caribbean (MESCA) partnership programme.

Similarly in China, UNEP launched an initiative with Tongji University in May 2002 to create the UNEP-Tongji Institute for Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD) that seeks to develop educational programmes to build research and technical and managerial skills in developing countries. UNEP also has partnerships with the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology, the Institute of Soil Science and Fertilizer in the Shannxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Gansu Research Institute for Water Conservancy.
Most recently, UNEP has established a partnership with the University of Eastern Finland to work on International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy.
The full Compliance course is now available on the websites of UNEP www.unep.org/DEC/Lecturemanual.asp and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law www.iucnael.org


For More Information Please Contact:

For UNEP:
Lara Ognibene
Associate Legal Officer
Division of Environmental Law and Conventions
Lara.Ognibene@unep.org

For the IUCN Academy
Carolyn Farquhar
Associate Director
IUCN Academy Secretariat
Carolyn.Farquhar@uottawa.ca

Further Resources
Compliance Course Available
IUCN Academy of Environmental Law