International Law


International Law for Sustainable Development 


The international legal system plays a pivotal role in defining and regulating the governance context in which the new 2030 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will operate. International legal frameworks and competent institutions and civil societies serve as instruments to strengthen the three inter-linked pillars of sustainability (social, economic and environmental).

The adoption and compliance with international legal mechanisms require specialized knowledge and specific skills. UNITAR contributes towards this by delivering capacity development and knowledge sharing initiatives in the areas of law for sustainability, environmental law, human rights law, humanitarian law, good governance and democratic participation. UNITAR supports and empowers governments, international and civil society actors to review, strengthen and implement laws and pubic policies that contribute to the international rule of law and the achievement of the SDGs.



The learning and training activities seek to empower individuals and institutions, improving their capacities to implement internationally agreed instruments, norms and goals, and contributing both to their effectiveness and to the promotion of the rule of law.


Target Audience

Stakeholders working in different fields of environmental governance, international law, environmental law and human rights will gain the necessary knowledge and skills to adopt, implement and support the effectiveness of legal frameworks and environmental goals that are pillars of sustainable development and can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.




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International, Environmental and Human Rights Law - Online Courses 

Sustainable Development within International Economic Law

Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) and Human Rights are in the limelight with the development of competencies to further enhance their implementation at the national level, supporting the environmental pillar of sustainable development.

Environmental Democracy and Rio Principle 10

Activities seek to strengthen environmental democracy reinforcing rights: access to information, public Participation and access to Justice, which are linked to and support the implementation of internationally agreed environmental goals.  

Water Law and Transboundary Aquifers - Online Courses

These courses seek to address the training needs of concerned stakeholders in countries sharing transboundary freshwater and groundwater resources. They provide from a basic to an advanced training on the principles and norms that govern the use, sharing, management and protection of freshwater resources.

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