18-24 April 2012, Moscow, Russian Federation

MGIMO_logoUNITAR and the Federal State Educational Budgetary Institution of Higher Professional Education “Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation” (MGIMO-University) joined forces to conduct a Regional Capacity Development Programme for Government Officers from the Russian Federation and other CIS Countries. Organized in the framework of a 5-year cooperation agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and UNITAR, the Programme took place over a period of six working days and was conducted in Russian language.

MGIMO_meeting_roomUNITAR Executive Director Carlos Lopes and MGIMO-University Vice-Rector Alexandra Khudaykulova officially launched this event on 18 April, in the presence of senior representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance. The thematic focus of this annual Capacity Development Programme will vary from course to course, on an annual rotational basis, to provide space for covering a variety of topics of particular relevance to the CIS region. The 2012 inaugural Programme centered around “Global and Regional Components of Environmental Security: Interaction of Policy and International Law”. With this joint regional capacity development programme, UNITAR and MGIMO-University aimed to enable qualified professionals, in particular junior to mid-level government officials to acquire in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of selected topics of international environmental law and environmental security with an emphasis on the interaction between policy and international law.

ClassroomThis capacity development activity included the following topics: Major United Nations Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in particular in the field of climate change, biological diversity, desertification, and hazardous wastes; Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes; the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses; the Helsinki Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA); Compliance, implementation and enforcement of MEAs at regional and national levels; Environmental Security: the Arctic – global and regional levels of legal cooperation; the Caspian – legal and political interaction; and International jurisdiction.

Fifteen government officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as 6 representatives from the Ministries of Environment and of Foreign Affairs from the Russian Federation attended this year Capacity Development Programme. Twenty of them were awarded a certificate of participation jointly delivered by MGIMO-University and UNITAR.

More information on tailor-made training opportunities in the field of international law can be found in the International Law Programme (ILP)'s webpage.

(Photos: Photo 1: MGIMO-University; Photo 2: UNITAR)

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