UNITAR and UN Environment Launch New Self-Paced Course on Environmental Governance
26 May 2017, Geneva, Switzerland - The smart management of our environment for a healthy planet and healthy people is arguably the greatest challenge humanity faces today. From pollution and climate change, to natural resource exploitation and environmental crimes, we are faced at every turn with a reminder of the need for sound environmental governance.
There are over 500 hundred environmental agreements in place today, which are assisting governments to meet environmental commitments to restore, conserve and preserve the natural environment, including forests, oceans, rivers, marshlands, and species. Keeping these commitments requires knowledge and skills, as well as political commitment.
UNITAR and UN Environment joined forces to launch a 3-hour self-paced online course to help ensure that as many people as possible understand the fundamentals of good environmental governance. The objectives of the course are to raise awareness and understanding of how international environmental agreements and policies are made, by whom, and how they are complied with, and enforced. The course will also take participants through the different levels of governance from national jurisdictions to regional and international levels. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of existing environmental governance regimes, as well as the principal actors involved, and needed reforms.
InforMEA is the UN Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements supported by the UN Environment and the European Union. User can consult treaty texts, decisions and resolutions adopted by Governing Bodies, country reports, national implementation plans and several other documents. The platform also provides free online courses on MEAs and environmental law and governance.