Multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) are the preeminent legal method for addressing transboundary environmental problems. However, rapid proliferation of MEAs (totaling over 300 agreements) with complex reporting and compliance procedures has severely burdened the meagre financial, technical and human resource capacities of developing states.

Despite the obvious need for capacity building in international environmental law, there has been a dearth of comprehensive and intensive programmes in this realm. Realizing this gap, UNITAR has launched a Fellowship Programme on International and Comparative Environmental Law.


The First Session of the Fellowship Programme in International and Comparative Environmental Law took place from 17 July to 4 August 2006 in Budapest, Hungary. UNITAR organized the session in collaboration with the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and received institutional support from the Hungarian Ministry for Environment and Water.

Four hundred and fifty applications were received for the 25 available fellowships. This eager response is a clear testimony to the need to increase training activities in the field of environmental law. Depending on the availability of funds, UNITAR hopes that the Fellowship on International and Comparative Environmental Law will become a recurrent programme.