16th edition of the University of Eastern Finland / UN Environment course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements to start in Siena next week

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Siena, 9 October 2019 – From 14 to 24 October, the Department of Law of the University of Siena will host the 16th edition of the prestigious course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements organised by UN Environment and the University of Eastern Finland (UEF).

The course, which is co-funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and UN Environment, aims to equip participants with in-depth skills in environmental diplomacy and international environmental law, building capacity among present and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements and fostering North-South cooperation.

For two weeks, more than thirty participants (including government officials, environmental diplomats, researchers and representatives of non-governmental organisation and the private sector) will take part in lectures and practical negotiating exercises together with leading experts and practitioners in the topics of the course.

The course, themed ‘Emerging Issues in International Environmental Law’ for this new edition, reaches Italy for the first time after being hosted by Finland (eight times), South Africa (twice), Kenya, Grenada, France, China and Thailand.

The achievement is a result of the collaboration between UN Environment, the University of Eastern Finland and the Jean Monnet Module in European Union Law and Sustainable Development (EULawSD), co-funded by European Commission for the period 2017-2020 and coordinated by Prof Riccardo Pavoni from the University of Siena’s Department of Law.

The opening event of the course will take place on October 14th at 9.20 in the Aula Magna of the Department of Law, and it will be open to the public. The Rector of the University of Siena, the Rector’s Delegate for International Affairs and the Director of the Department of Law will introduce the meeting with some welcoming remarks, followed by the keynote addresses by Tita Korvenoja, Chief of Branch, Governance and Conventions, Law Division, UN Environment and Elisa Morgera, Professor of Global Environmental Law at the University of Strathclyde. The session, chaired by Prof Riccardo Pavoni, will focus on the capacity of the current structure of international environmental governance to deal with emerging environmental issues such as the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction and the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants. The agenda of the event is available here (in Italian).

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For additional information, please visit the course’s official website http://www.uef.fi/web/unep.

Media inquiries

Bradlie Luisa Ana Martz-Sigala (Coordinator of the UEF / UN Environment course)
email: mea-course@uef.fi

Dario Piselli (Programme manager of the EULawSD Jean Monnet Module)
email: dario.piselli@unisi.it

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