16 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland - UNITAR and the University of Geneva have joined their respective expertise for developing and launching a new course on International Water Law which is now open for applications. Water is the most abundant resource on Earth. However, only a small quantity of it, approxinativaly 2.53%, is freshwater that can be used for agriculture, human consumption, and industrial purposes. Population growth, climate change and economic development place increasing demand on Earth's finite supplies of freshwater resources. Given this context, knowledge of principles and international norms that govern the use, management and protection of freshwater resources is necessary for sustainable development as well as avoiding conflicts arising from water use and sharing. e-Learning Course on International Water Law

UNITAR/University of Geneva e-Learning Course on International Water Law is aimed at providing professionals involved in negotiating or implementing treaties on or related to freshwater resources with an advanced knowledge of the principles and norms that govern the use, sharing, management and protection of freshwater resources.

The course will be delivered over 4 weeks from 1 February to 4 March, in English, through UNITAR's Virtual Learning Environment. It is worth noting that the course has been especially designed for professionals working on a full time basis. The e-learning approach allows participants access to the course content anywhere and anytime. As for the training methodology used by UNITAR, the course has been designed according to a hands-on approach; the knowledge acquired throughout the course must be applied to case studies. With regard to the resource persons, professors in international law will moderate the course and guide participants in their learning process, in addition, UNITAR's staff will provide them with the technical support to use the innovative learning tools available on UNITAR's platform.

It is necessary to apply in order to participate in the course, if selected, the course will be offered free of charge. To apply for the course, candidates must be between 25 and 45 years old and have a background in law, political sciences, economics or international relations, or have work experience in freshwater issues. Interested individuals can apply at http://www.unitar.org/event/international-water-law

For the development of this course, UNITAR and the Geneva University received the support of the Swiss Confederation through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Further information about the course can be found at http://www.unitar.org/ilp/